The Barnabus Project
In Year 3 we have enjoyed reading The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers
It is an uplifting story that follows the adventures of Barnabus, a reject pet that is half elephant and half mouse who tells us that “nothing is impossible.” The story has beautiful illustrations and important themes of teamwork and perseverance.
As part of our home learning and learning in class, we created our own reject pets and used a thesaurus to find adjectives to describe our unique pets. After looking at the features and language of advertisements we then wrote an advert for our reject pet.
We enjoyed the illustrations from the book so much that we followed an online tutorial by the Fan Brothers to draw the characters from the book.
Some resources you might find useful:
There is a lot of information and resources available online to support pupils and parents during the national lockdown – both for those at learning at home and those who are in school. Here are a few more you might helpful:
The South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership is passionate about children’s physical activity and well-being. You can access their Parent/Guardian Portal here for a host of resources to support you and your child in all areas of physical activity and well-being. Keep an eye on the page for updates.
Children’s Mental Health Week runs between 1-7 February 2021. At Healthy Together, we have created a wide range of digital resources to help you as a parent/carer support your child’s emotional health and wellbeing. Children’s Mental Health week
Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual. A mixture of concern about covid, work from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household. Young Minds have created a useful ‘Supporting Parents Helpfinder’. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child’s mental health during the pandemic (and beyond). Find the help finder here: https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/
Information about keeping your children safe online: 8 tips for keeping your kids safe online
Leicestershire County Council have information about schools during the pandemic on their school information page
We have been looking after the birds at school. Earlier in the week we made pine cone bird feeders and then we went outside bird spotting. We had to hide under the house to try and be very quiet!!
It snowed last weekend! We worked together at school to build our own snowmen. We decorated them with paint and also had a go at changing the colour of the snow with coloured water in spray bottles. We even mixed the primary colours to make secondary colours, we made orange with red and yellow and green with blue and yellow. We also had some lovely pictures from those children who are home learning. It looks like everyone had fun in the snow!
Supporting the COVID Acute Respiratory Response Team at Glenfield Hospital
We have received a lovely message from the ARRT Team who had asked us for some colourful images to boost staff morale:
“Thank you so much to the children of Badgerbrook for the wonderfully bright and creative pictures! The COVID19 & ventilation ward staff at Glenfield Hospital very much appreciated them and everybody had a huge smile on their face on seeing them displayed!
The children should be proud of themselves and thank you to all the staff at Badgerbrook for continuing to do what you all do!”
They have given us permission to share these photos with you. #Creativity #Willingness #Kindness
Children in Year 2 were set a homework challenge to create art using 100 leaves. We think their work is incredible!
Consultation on draft RSE policy
Dear Parents and Carers
As a part of your child’s education at Badgerbrook we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE) following nationwide consultation and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements.
This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils.
During this academic year, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will include the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme. Lessons will be taught in age appropriate ways that reflects the children’s maturity. Healthy relationships, including friendships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe; developing self-esteem and confidence. Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions.
PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing body.
All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values. We would like to invite you to read our draft RSE policy to find out more about what your child will learn over the year. It will support you in which topics you may wish to discuss at home.
As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents; we hope that you will be highly supportive of the relationships and sex education programme. The policy will be available in its draft form for two weeks on this page.
We welcome any questions/comments/opinions via letter or email to firstname.lastname@example.org When replying by email please type RSE policy in the subject line.
Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised Relationships and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded to the Policies page of the school’s website.
“Here we are”
The whole school worked on a wellbeing project at the start of term. It was based on the book ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers.
Each year group looked at an influential person from history or modern days and we have used their work to create some fabulous displays. The display board near the office includes our ‘notes for living on planet Earth’.
#teamwork #respectourplanet #positivity
The mental health and wellbeing of our pupils is incredibly important to us. Lockdown has had, and is still having, an effect on children and young people’s mental health. We joined with schools, offices and community groups by taking part in the #HelloYellow campaign to raise awareness of mental health and to raise vital funds to support the work of Young Minds.
On Friday 9th October each class took part in activities related to mental health and wellbeing – through telling yellow jokes, completing hello yellow challenges and wearing yellow we had fun raising awareness of mental health. By collecting donations for wearing something yellow to school we collected money for Young Minds.
Here we are in yellow:
If you haven’t yet made a donation you can do it now by logging in to ParentPay.
Last term some of Mrs Newcombe’s class contributed recipes to the Class 5DN Family Recipe Book. The recipe book was created in the best tradition of recipe books – by talking, sharing and collecting recipes that meant something to each family. We thought you might like to see what they came up with.
Change of menu choices
There have been some changes to the menu choices for school meals:
Kofta is now replaced with Lamb Shepherds Pie – (Tuesday )
Courgette Potato Bake is now replaced with Tuna Pasta Bake – (Thursday)
Sweet Chilli Pasta is now replaced with Tomato Pasta – (Wednesday)
Quorn Stir fry is now replaced with Jacket Potato, Cheese and Beans – (Tuesday)
Spinach and Chickpea Curry is now replaced with Quorn Curry – (Tuesday)
ALL PIZZAS ON ALL WEEKS WILL BE CHEESE AND TOMATO
Why is India incredible?
In Year 2, we have working towards answering the question ‘Why is India incredible?’ The children have discovered lots about India, including where it is located, what the weather is like, what kind of wild animals live there and especially loved exploring different types of Indian meals. We definitely think one of the reasons India is incredible is because of the delicious food!
The return to school meals is going more smoothly this week. LTS Catering Services have been working hard on producing a new menu. This new, 2 choice, menu will start on 28th September. Full details can be found by following this link
and you can see a snapshot below:
School meals cost £2.30 for pupils in Year 3 and above and are free for pupils in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2. Sometimes other children are eligible for free school meals. More details can be found below.
Does your child qualify for a free school meal?
Even if your child is entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal it is still important to confirm eligibility, this will ensure your school will be in a position to obtain further funding from central government to provide additional support to your child. This funding is also referred to as Pupil Premium. For more information on who can get Free School Meals and how to apply click here
Public Health England have produced a letter for all parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. They want to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily. We have sent the letter to all parents but you can view the letter here
NHS has a webpage with information on how you can check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms. You can find the guidance here
Please continue to let us know if you or your child experiences symptoms of coronavirus and inform us immediately of the results of any COVID19 test – whether positive or negative.
Government advice is that you should only get a test if you have symptoms of coronavirus, not when you are asked to self-isolate. For more guidance on what to do if you have a possible case of coronavirus in your household please follow this link:
As we start of our second week of the new school year we want to let you know how well all of the children have settled in. They have amazed us at how well they have adapted to the differences in school and we are so proud of all of them. We had our first virtual whole school assembly on Friday, which was a new experience for us all.
Thank you for your co-operation at drop off and pick up times-observing social distancing and the one-way system at the gates. We will continue to update you as we make changes to how we operate in school. Apologies if there have been more emails and texts than usual! The class email accounts are now set up, so you can communicate with your child’s class teacher when needed. However, it is important to remember that depending on the matter, the teachers may not have time to respond on the same day. Please keep us informed of any changes to your contact details – especially phone numbers and email addresses.
We appreciate your continued understanding and support – at all times the safety of pupils and staff is our main priority.
Even though we haven’t sent home reading diaries, we want everyone to read regularly. If you can read at least 3 times a week that is fantastic!
Reading is so important and helps all other areas of the curriculum.
Here is a link to the sixth ‘Badgerbrook Books’ newsletter from Mrs Price. There is a lot of information about reading activities during the Autumn Term.
Badgerbrook Re-opening Plan
We have updated the re-opening plan which was emailed to parents last week with a little more information (ie regarding, bags, lunch boxes etc) to help you and your children prepare for coming back to school next Tuesday. Please follow the link below to read it.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all next week. Many of our Foundation Stage New Starters and their parents will be visiting us on Friday 28th August to get a first look at their new school.
We realise that there will be some difficulties and anomalies caused by our plans. We will be reviewing and refining them as we see how they work in practice as all the children come back in to school. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep all staff, children and their families as safe as possible.
Leicestershire County Council have asked us to share this information with you:
Families with children returning to school in Leicestershire this autumn can access new online information and support.
Leicestershire County Council has published new practical guidance about returning to school on themes such as attendance, hygiene and school transport, as well as information about health, wellbeing and adapting to new routines.
Deborah Taylor, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “Many of our children and young people have been out of school for some time now and the new ‘norm’ will be obviously be different from what they are used to.
“Our families have been incredibly flexible during this pandemic, taking on home schooling and making it work for them, and school staff have done an amazing job looking after vulnerable children and the children of key workers while schools were closed to the rest of pupils. We’d like to thank you all.
“However, now is the time to go back to school and, with that, we realise that people will have lots of questions about what this will look like.
“We have included some practical information about returning to school on our web pages but would like to add that schools are making their individual arrangements about when they are returning and will be contacting parents about this through their usual communication channels.
“We do appreciate that a return after such a long time can be an anxious time for families. For many, attending school on a daily basis again will be a big change in routine, possibly sleep patterns too, and may even spark some social anxiety.
“This is why we have also added information about managing worries and anxiety, keeping fit, creating structured routines and the importance of a healthy diet.
“We hope that the information we are providing will go some way towards allaying concerns.”
Practical Information about returning to school in Leicestershire is available here https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools-colleges-and-academies/coronavirus-school-closures-and-updates
Hints, tips and resources about managing worries and anxiety keeping fit, structured routines and eating healthily is available at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/school-ready-2020
Families are being encouraged to consider walking, cycling or scooting to school to keep healthy and help maintain social distancing. More information on sustainable ways to travel to school is available on www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/covid-19-back-to-school/
The council is also confirming its arrangements around home-to-school transport, for both mainstream pupils, and students with SEND. Further details are available at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/school-transport
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.
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.
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
The new Summer 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.