Monday 25th May 2020
Did you know...
*That it is illegal to stand within 90 metres of the Queen without socks on
*There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on a beach
*You cannot talk and inhale or exhale at the same time...try it!
I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the bank holiday weekend, again the weather has been glorious hasn't it? I managed to fill the paddling pool back up for Bailey so that he could keep cool as well as dipping my toes in too!
Now with the prospect of us coming back to school next week, I have been thinking about how we may have to organise our time inside our new classroom. We are actually on the move Year 6 and we will be in the hall from next week to help accommodate us all safely, so I will be in school at some point this week organising our space. I appreciate that some of you will be looking forward to coming back to school while some of you may not be or may be a little worried by the prospect of this. I just want to assure you that although school may be a little different when we go back, it will be lovely for us all to regroup with friends and see familiar faces and these, of course, haven't changed - I'm certainly looking forward to seeing you all, it's been a long time!
Again, I have been quite busy what with planning our return to school but I have also been in school last week with the key worker children and one of the activities we completed were porthole fish tanks. We used two paper plates, some craft material and glue to create a fish tank scene. These were really easy to make and looked great once finished! I've also been baking again and this week's recipe was a chocolate fudge cake This didn't last very long! I have attached the recipe below if you would like to have a go.
Bailey and I also ventured out to the Wyre Forest, as this is now open again, for a 5K walk - he found every stream, puddle, pond you could imagine!
So much for a freshly groomed pooch...
And finally, I managed to get my hands on some grow bags and have moved my lettuce plants into these so that they have much more room to grow.
I hope you have been up to lots of lovely activities at home and I hope that you are enjoying the half term - thank you to those who have been in touch via the home learning email or have sent over letters. I have received these and I am in the process of responding to you.
Take care, see you soon
Miss Alton & Bailey
Monday 18th May 2020
I bet you didn't know...
*Cat urine glows under a black-light
*Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
*A shark is the only known fish that can blink with both eyes
Good Afternoon All,
How are you doing?
Just a quick update from Bailey and I this week. I am back in school this week and we have lots of different things planned as I am sure you have at home too. The weather is glorious again this week and so you can at least spend lots of time outside where you can, especially now as we are able to travel a little further to exercise.
Last week and over the weekend I have been up to lots again myself. I have been busy in the garden and have planted some new plants that I have sourced from an 89 year old lady, who has been selling her plants from her driveway to generate donations for charity. She has raised over £1,000 which is brilliant news! I have had all sorts of plants that I wouldn't usually buy so watching them grow will be exciting as I am unsure as to what some of them are! The one above is a Tiger Lily I planted - lilies are my favourite! Also my climbing rose plant has started to flower and they are very pretty; I took a clipping to bring inside for my mantel piece. In addition to this, I had a little bbq too over the weekend, I do love a good chicken skewer and a burger I'm sure you have been having lots of bbq's too!
....and finally, a very hairy and overgrown Bailey is having a groom! Yay! his groomer will be coming this week to give him his very own haircut - if only she could do mine too!
It looks like I shall be seeing some of you on the 1st June which is very exciting! Watch this space. I am looking forward to seeing you all and catching up with what you have been up to over the last couple of months!
Enjoy the rest of your week, take care and look after one another at home.
Miss Alton & Bailey
Monday 11th May 2020
Bet you didn't know...
*A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
*A shrimp's heart is in its head
*It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky
Good Afternoon Everyone,
Well, well, well, here we go again for another week. Can you believe that this is the 8th week we have had at home now? and would you believe that this would have been your SAT's week, this week! Now I know some of you will be cheering enthusiastically at the fact that we haven't had to do these but I am aware that others will also be quite disappointed that you haven't had the chance to have a go at them too. I feel very mixed about this as your teacher as I believe that SAT's do not define what you are capable of but I know that we have worked so hard to achieve great learning outcomes this year and it's a shame that we can't show off what we have been learning. Despite this, I thought it would still be appropriate to add on here the poem that I would have usually given to you over the weekend, before the start of the assessment week:
...Over the last week and weekend I have been quite busy really, I was in school last week and one of the activities we all completed were acrylic painted stones. These were fun to do and we thought about hiding them on the field for the staff who are in school this week, again, you could do this at home too! I also decorated my drive for our VE Street Party that I mentioned last week. This was a lot of fun and a great (safe!) way to celebrate all those who fought to allow us to have the freedom that we now have. I have also been given a cutting off someone's rose plant to plant in my garden - I have no idea what type of rose it is so that will be a nice surprise when it chooses to flower - I better start reading up on how to successfully care for it!
Also, I wonder whether you watched the Prime Minister deliver his speech again last night about the current situation in the UK. IF the UK follow the rules with regards to socially distancing, then it has been said that Year 6 will be one of the year groups to come back to school. I know as much as you do with regards to this and Mrs Beckford-Bond and I will certainly keep you updated with any news over the next couple of weeks.
I hope you are all keeping safe and are enjoying the sunshine, albeit a little windy!
I hope to see you soon!
Miss Alton & Bailey
Monday 4th May 2020
'May the 4th be with you'
Guess the film?
I hope you are all still keeping well! Bailey and I are both fine and we have yet again spent another successful week on lockdown together. I think Bailey has thoroughly enjoyed having me at home a little more often than usual but is currently my shadow! He is following me everywhere; I'm having to teach him the meaning of 'personal space'
We have been on some beautiful sunny walks and have spotted lots of lovely bluebells while in the forest and with the weather being so nice, we have managed to get some pictures of some of the most stunning views too! My herb garden is slowly coming together although my seeds haven't yet germinated for the last two sections but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
I hope you are finding the Oak National Academy work useful, at home, and I hope that you are managing to keep yourselves busy and your minds occupied too! I am back in school this week so we will be doing lots of different activities as well as you all at home.
I have been invited to join a 'socially distancing' VE driveway party on Friday to celebrate Victory in Europe Day - that should be fun! I wonder whether you are doing anything to celebrate this too? You may want to read up about it here to find out more:
Take care of yourselves and your families
Miss Alton & Bailey
Monday 27th April 2020
Why did the music teacher need a ladder?
What did the pen say to the pencil?
Good Afternoon Everyone,
It's that time of the week again where I am here with my poor jokes and pictures to try and brighten your day up! I'm not sure how successful I am with that but I give it my best effort!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and you are still keeping safe and healthy. I have read some of the letters you have sent over to me recently and have thoroughly enjoyed reading them - thank you for these! I am in the process of replying now that I am not in school this week.
So last week I was in school and we made some Elmer themed elephants out of old milk cartons; we made some pebble family pictures and we carried out a colour hunt outside as the weather was so lovely amongst lots of other things too including our school work. Again, you could have a go at these activities at home too if you would like to, they were fun!
At home, I have been busy too. I like to stay on the go with keeping my mind active as much as I can so I have started reading another book that I haven't had chance to start before now; I have made some cinnamon swirls which were really easy to make and didn't last very long either - they were very tasty
And finally, what I am most proud of this weekend is that I have managed to get my herb garden up and running. Last year I took a wooden pallet from school, which was left over after a big delivery of resources. Firstly I sanded it down, then painted it a few times and finally added my own calligraphy on the front...A year later, I have now managed to secure it to the garage wall, line it with garden mesh and start filling it with herbs. I currently have parsley in there and will soon (hopefully!) have some thyme and sage too if my seeds germinate. I'll keep you updated
If you have not seen already via the newsletter, there is now a way of you contacting me via email if you wish to. You can send me any pictures of the work or activities you have been doing at home - maybe you have some tips on my weekly joke choices! haha. The email below is what you will need to send these to if you would like to do this:
I hope you have a productive week and continue to stay positive!
Remember, storms don't last forever.
Hope to see you all soon!
Miss Alton & Bailey
1. To reach the high notes
2. So, what's your point!
Monday 20th April 2020
What do you call a boomerang that won't come back?
Why did the student eat his homework?
How are you all doing?
Can you believe this is now week 5 of us not being at school? where has that time gone? We would have been in full SAT's swing by now and would have been working our socks off! I am sure that you are working hard at home too despite not being at school though.
So I thought I'd share a couple more pictures with you showing you what I have been up to. I have had a relatively busy week/weekend considering. I've been busy working on my laptop and have started writing some of your reports, which is making me think of all the fun times we have had so far. I've still been taking Bailey out for our daily walks too. We saw some ducklings over the weekend - they were adorable! Bailey had to go on the lead mind as he had other ideas. He was about to go swimming with them
I've also re-potted the lettuce seeds that we planted at school over the last few weeks so that they can grow much bigger and I completed a 5K walk in support of the NHS (as well as clapping and banging my wooden spoon inside a saucepan on a Thursday evening!) I donated £5 and nominated 5 other people to do the same That was fun!
Also, before I go, have you seen Captain Tom Moore's efforts to raise money for the NHS too? he is a 99-year old Yorkshire veteran who has completed 100 laps of his garden to raise money - he has raised more than £26 million so far, how incredible is that? This just proves that great determination, perseverance, support and kindness can create positive outcomes.
Stay safe and positive ladies and gents and I hope to see you all soon
1) A stick
2) Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake
Monday 13th April 2020
What did the fisherman say to the magician?
What did the left eye say to the right eye?
Good Morning All!
I hope you are all well and you are keeping busy! I hope you all had a lovely Easter
weekend and you haven't eaten too much chocolate! (although I was a little naughty and had some for breakfast yesterday...oops!) also I came across this over the weekend, you may want to have a read to refresh your memory about the true meaning of Easter for Christians.
So over the weekend I have been trying to keep myself occupied with things like: baking, running, crafting and spending quality time with Bailey boy in the garden (I even set up the paddling pool for him seen as the weather was so lovely - he loved it!) *If I had £1 for every time I have thrown his ball for him, I would be rich!*
It was so lovely to get out in the fresh air - I have noticed so many more animals out and about too. I think they are enjoying us humans all being on lockdown. I made some more bread; a lime tray bake and homemade pizzas too - these were tasty and very easy to do! The recipe is below if you would like to have a go.
I'm missing you all lots and I do wonder how you are all getting on at home and what you've been up to. I have bumped into a couple of you on my dog walks and that has been lovely to briefly catch up (2 metres away of course!) You are all very creative and enthusiastic so I am sure that you have found lots of things to keep you busy!
I am back at school next week so if you would like to write a letter to let me know what you have been up to, please do! You can send these to the address below:
Blakedown CE Primary School
Do you remember how we set out a letter? Think back to when we wrote letters to Hogwarts.
I hope that you haven't found the Easter work too challenging - remember I only expect you to just try your best!
I will check in with you again next week, stay safe and take care of each other!
1) Pick a cod, any cod
2) Between us, something smells!
Monday 6th April 2020
Why was the Easter bunny so upset?
What happens when you tell an egg a joke?
Me again! and Easter is fast approaching!
I hope you are all well and you are still keeping yourselves safe at home?
So we would have broken up for the holidays by now, I feel like the last couple of weeks have flown by; the days feel like they are merging into one!
What day is it today again?
Well I have been a busy bee, as I'm sure you all have too! I have been reading your Harry Potter writing that we completed just before we closed and I am truly impressed with your efforts - you have all created writing with such enthusiasm and imagination. They have been a pleasure to read and you should be very proud of them
I have also learnt a new skill ...
I had a go at making my own sourdough bread over the weekend and although it wasn't perfect, I was quite proud of my first attempt! I expect a lot of you have also been baking at home? hopefully lots of tasty treats - It's definitely a great way to stay occupied.
I wonder if anyone else has learnt something new too?
I hope you are managing to keep yourselves entertained with lots of different activities; you may even be making lots of nice memories with your families too!
I hope to see you all soon but for now, I will continue to catch up with you on here.
1) He was having a bad hare day
2) It cracks up!
Monday 30th March 2020
What did the science book say to the maths book?
What do you call a pig that does karate?
(Scroll down to find the answer)
I hope you are all doing well at home and that you had a lovely weekend
I thought I would update you with what I have been up to!
So last week I was in school but this week I will be working from home myself like all of you are too - I have made myself a list of everything I want to achieve this week to try and keep myself busy but I'm very often being interrupted with someone who wants to play fetch... guess who! Over the weekend though I have managed to do some nice things: -
I've been taking Bailey out for our daily exercise over the forest, taking care to wash my hands before and after and where I have met other people over the forest we have ensured that we have kept our distance - the weather was beautiful last week too, so we tried to make the most of the sunshine!
We also made stained glass rainbows last week at school to stick in our windows to support the NHS; they really glisten in the sunshine. We just used PVA glue on a plastic wallet, stuck tissue paper on top and painted a layer of glue on top of the tissue paper, waited for it to dry and then peeled this off the plastic wallet - you may be able to do this at home.
Did you clap at 8pm last week for the NHS? I was clapping outside of my window and could hear lots of people on my road doing the same. They were ringing bells and I'm sure I could hear some people banging saucepans! To see everyone supporting each other was really lovely
On Sunday, I decided to do some baking and I made a blueberry and lemon drizzle loaf cake (they were going to be muffins but I changed my mind) and I cut some up to share with my Grandad and my parents. I will leave this on their doorsteps as a little treat - I will add the recipe below if you would like to make this - it was delicious!
I'm sure you have been doing lots of lovely things too and most importantly keeping yourselves safe - I hope you are finding the work that I am setting helpful but remember, do not worry if you haven't managed to get it all done or if you have found some of it challenging and you have had to leave it - just do the best that you can!
Take Care and I'll catch up again soon
1) Wow, you've got problems.
2) A pork chop!
Monday 23rd March 2020
I thought I would update you with a little picture from Bailey and I, as promised!
Over the weekend I visited a gardening centre with my Dad (making sure we kept a safe distance from one another) and decided that it was the perfect time to fill some empty pots on my drive with some summer-flowering bulbs. I also thought it would be a good idea to pull up any weeds I could spot too!
Bailey thought he was an expert and decided to sit on the window sill (with my Crocs may I add!) to inspect my work!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekends too!
Miss Alton x