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Welcome


Welcome back to school. I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

We will send further information as we start school, but there is some basic information below.

Please be sure that we are all working hard in school to be as safe as we possibly can.

To help avoid any cross-contamination, children need to bring as little as possible equipment from home. All they will need is a coat, PE bags (which could stay in school all week) and any reading books. Children having a packed lunch need that too. Please do not bring and stationery or pencil,cases into school. We will provide everything needed for learning.

Any reading books borrowed from school will be kept separate for 72 hours before being available again.

There are a lot of changes. Many people find change hard, and we know this. It’s fine to be upset. However, myself and all the other staff are here to help and support you. I hope you will all help and support me too!

As we enter the classroom we will wash our hands, and every time we leave the classroom we will use hand sanitiser. There is no need to bring sanitiser into school as we have plenty, and it will reduce any chance of cross contamination.

The most obvious change is the layout of the classroom. We have followed all the guidance and set the classroom up in rows.

Another change is your teacher - me! I’m looking forward to joining Brancaster school and bring 28 years of experience with me.


Mr Peter Johnson


17th July 2020

Year 6 leavers

Picnic on the field

Perfect day for it!

Followed by prizes and presents

Awarding certificates

Well done to all

You have been brilliant

We are so proud of you

Everyone worked so hard in school

And kept it up at home

Great attitude, all!

Traditional Leavers' mugs and chocolates

And the traditional "rosemary for remembrance" plants so you don't forget us

The PFA kindly gave hoodies as well as vouchers for books

Sad to say goodbye but excited about the future

Preparing to dance..

Our audience!

And we finished with the ice cream van as always

Enjoying their goodbye photo books

We made flowers!

Exploring magnets

On Friday we will be having a goodbye for our Year 6s.

We will be sorry to see them leave but wish them well.

You are a very special bunch - good luck at your new schools. Hope to see you all on Friday?

Well done to Naomi and Ben for coming to join us last week, despite not knowing anyone - and joining in as if they had always been here

Well done and thank you to Faith, Eve, Chloe and Melody for writing the Parish News

Welcome back to Evie and Tia - wonderful to see you

Thank you Marshall and Miss Trett for all the gardening

Keeping active at playtimes

These are sisters! So they can get close!!

Practising a dance

Wish I could do that!!

Active in class with Go Noodle

filling the raised beds after weeding and clearing

hard work! But much appreciated

Nice to see Freddie and Naomi today.

Just a few photos of us enjoying ourselves...

Go Noodle!

We had some extra join us today! Lovely to see you all.

We carefully socially distanced and had our own equipment

We all showed good skills

Hopefully Ben and Oscar will back tomorrow - and some others!

It was lovely to see Ben and Oscar

challenging ourselves!

And succeeding!

It would be lovely if any Y3 and Y4 want to join us for lunch tomorrow. We are being VERY careful - but still having a good time!


PLEASE DO HAVE A LOOK AT THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION - there is a link at the top of this page and on google classroom.

19/6/20 measuring friction

Congratulations to

Oscar for working so hard in maths - and for being patient with Mum's explanations! Also for working so hard he needed a new book to keep his work in!

Oscar's Mum for her maths - also for all her ideas to keep in touch - we are working on them right now!

Freddie - for working hard despite being in a hot caravan with not much space!

Tia for putting a lot of effort into learning about Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams, bar graphs etc - always aiming higher and completing the trickier challenges

Faith, Eve, Marshall and Melody for consistently working hard

Seth for all his hard work

JJ and the whole family for working so well at home

Freya for all her contributions on google classroom


Music with Mr Johnson

Glockenspiels

Working really hard

Best work ever! Well done!

Art Competition

Well done to our winners. I will drop prizes off during next week.

Beach/Sea Category Reception Years 1 and 2

1st Harry Davidson

2nd Kian Preston

3rd Asya Corbaci

Garden Category

1st Xavier Simpson-Smith

Single object/creature Category

1st Faith King

2nd Xavier Simpson-Smith

3rd Thea King

Reception/Year 1/Year 2 - Merit awards:

Marley Coe

Ryder Wood

Hayden Raisbury

Olly Amm

Jace Preston

Grace Hurley

Beach/Sea Category Year 3-4

1st Matilda Clarkson

2nd - Elise Kidd

Single object/creature Category

1st Marshall Coe

2nd Matilda Clarkson

Beach/Sea Category Years 5-6

1st Melody Coe

2nd Oscar Tidd

3rd Joshua Amm

Garden Category

1st Faith Fox

2nd Eve Fox

Single Object Creature Category

1st Seth Clarkson

2nd Freddie Orford

3rd Connor Broomfield

Y5/6 Highly Commended

Gracie McGinn

Y5/6 Merit awards

Freya Kidd

Skye Preston

Tia Wright

Chloe Jackson

Congratulations to

Faith, Eve, Gracie, Chloe, Melody and Marshall -a big thank you from all the staff in school for being so lovely and working so well

Marshall for his very hard work, gardening and language activities

Tia for a huge effort improving her handwriting

Mr Johnson for coming in to help

Mrs Preston for always working so hard and for sorting the cupboard out

Mrs Richardson and Mr Lacey Hastings for working together long distance to teach!

Miss Trett and Mrs Willis for working together so effectively long distance!

Working together

Do you remember clapping for the NHS/other key workers? We think you and your families all deserve a big clap for sticking with it, working hard, enjoying activities and just keeping going! We are proud of you all and you should be proud of yourselves. Those of us in school are sending a big clap out to you and we hope you will do something at home to celebrate your efforts. Well done to all.

We are aware that it has been a long time since families have had direct contact with us and many are getting no feedback/communication. It must be hard to stay motivated or to feel connected to us. If we can do anything at all to help or if anyone has any ideas how we can offer more support and build closer relationships while staying apart, do please let us know.

Thursday 11th June.

Well done to all who entered the art competition. All the pictures were judged by independent judges who were incredibly impressed. I do now have some idea of the winners but am not allowed to tell you yet -it will all be announced officially very soon. Everyone who entered will get a lovely sketchpad, colouring pencils and pens and there are some money prizes for the winners in each category. The pictures will be framed and put up in the Village Hall/Bar 71 and already some people are asking if they can buy a picture and donate the money to the school! That shows how good everyone thinks they are. You can all be very proud of yourselves. We will let you know as soon as the winners are announced.

We are all missing everyone who is still at home and we have just heard the Government doesn't think you will be back until September. That is a shame as we were really looking forward to seeing some of you, but we do want everyone to be safe - and I'm not sure we actually have room for any more in school if we stick to the 2m apart rule! It takes a lot of space! Do send us pictures of what you are doing so we can keep in touch that way.

Proud certificate winner!

Enjoying gardening

PE with Joe is going well and Mr King has even joined in

We all do it together, outside, when the weather is good

Congratulations to our stars of the week:

Lacey - Jo for amazing maths and for doing so much work at home

Ben for engaging so well and working so very hard

Gracie for helping everyone (staff included) in RE!

Faith, Eve and Chloe for coming back and settling in so well, following the rules and getting straight back in to work

Melody for working really hard to catch up and then keep up after joining us during the week

Marshall for working INCREDIBLY hard and doing some great work

We had a nice message from one family with photos showing what they have done. They said "We have been outside a lot, growing this year tomatoes and strawberries. The kids had fun decorating the planters and some bunting for their play area. The boys have done lots of paintings, made cookies and even managed to get me to paint the table as a black board to play on! The boys have a snail habitat now as well, we went to find garden snails and made up a home for them. "

Some of our Year 6s wrote the following for the Parish News:

Brancaster school has been open for vulnerable children throughout this pandemic. The home learning has been very crazy but we have all respected the choice.

Throughout the weeks it has got more and more unentertaining at home but soon enough the school opened up to year 6 and year 1’s and reception. The school has accepted the fact of having bubbles (little groups that work and play together but stay apart from other bubbles). We must stay 2m apart which is just fine for us because we have a fairly big classroom. It is a bit of a squeeze in Thrift class who have more children and less room.

We Year 6s are very excited to be coming back and seeing our friends again and starting a new and exciting topic. When we found out about the news we were bursting with joy it is so great to be back and learning especially when we can see our friends and teachers.

It is also exciting now because we have new mini laptops and there is enough for one for each student because there are only a few of us in Samphire class at the moment. We clean them and use them every day for easy access for our work. Brancaster school has been amazing throughout this hard time.

At school, in Samphire, we have been doing work on our computers. Mr Lacey Hastings sends us work every day. In English we are doing instructions and sentences then after break we come in and have maths. In maths we are doing decimals; after maths we will read a book. After the book we will have lunch and lunch break. Then we will come in and wash our hands (we wash our hands a lot now) and do some topics that our teacher gives us and then it is home time and we clean our tables then pack away.

Thrift are learning about dinosaurs at the moment and are also really enjoying being back. First thing, the whole school does PE with Joe. Now there are more of us, we are doing it outside. Mrs Bocking has the computer next to her and she copies Joe and we copy her. We thought Mr King was going to join in today but he didn’t!

We don’t know what will happen next. Maybe some more children will come but we haven’t any more space. We will have to wait and see.

Written by Faith, Eve and Chloe (Year 6)

Message from Mrs Bocking – We are all so proud of our children who have been, and still are, working really well at home or at school. It shows a great attitude, good learning behaviours and a real strength of character. Also, thanks to the parents who have supported the children and us, all the way through.

Message from Mr King – It has been really welcome to hear the sound of so many children around the school this week. They are clearly enjoying being back and have been wonderful. We look forward to a time when all the children can be back safely. As someone relatively new to the Federation, the lockdown has been a wonderful opportunity for me to catch up with lots of jobs that needed to be done. We have also been busy using some of the generous donations from the Brancaster community to improve the school - and I will join in the PE with the classes, but I had to make sure I didn’t have a wardrobe malfunction!

4/6/2020 PE with Joe

RE - learning about the Trinity

We made a flexagram and plaits to show the Trinity


May 22nd 2020

Hello all. I hope you have a good half term.

School will be starting again for some after the holiday and we look forward to seeing you. Please remember you MUST have your own water bottle. You will also need a healthy snack for playtime as we are unable to provide anything. On Thursdays and Fridays, we will start the day with "PE with Joe" so you might want to wear suitable clothes (for example, trousers - or PE shorts under your dress). If it is hot, you will need sun hats and sun cream as always.

If you are not coming back and you would like some work that is not on Google Classroom, just let us know.

The Oak Academy is a Government website with lessons on that you might like to try. Just click here.

Our certificates today go to:

  • Hayden for his amazing reading. He read to his sister and to himself and hardly needed any help. (We loved the photo, thank you)

  • Riley, Alfie, Eve, Faith, Oscar - all for submitting SO MUCH work and putting so much effort in. Well done.

  • Jenson for all the activities he has been doing at home. (Thanks for the email)

  • Asya for her homework and for working hard back in school.

Congratulations to our stars of the week:

  • Freddie for working so hard and always posting his work for us to see

  • Tia for working so hard and always posting her work for us to share

  • Marshall for working hard, increased independence and helping his sister with her topic work!

  • Evie for engaging so well with the work and for sharing it with us.

Hello again everybody. Today I delivered some packs to all the people living between school and my Mum. Tomorrow I will deliver the rest so you will soon all have them. There is a letter from us teachers, personalised to each of you, plus a competition that we hope you will enter, and the May I Spy for those who want to have a go.

We have also been asked to share a virtual athletics challenge with you - click on the link here here and it will take you to the instructions video. This came to school with a video naming all the schools which had taken part. It would be lovely if our name was on there next time!

Harry and Ryder wrote this month's piece for the Parish News:

Our Federation schools have been closed due to coronavirus, but Brancaster has stayed open. The Government gave Mr King a list of what sort of children could still come to school and about 15 children in the Federation were on the list but only 2 have come. It is really strange just being two of us but we are doing lots of fun things and learning lots. (Mrs Bocking adds Ryder can now write joined up and Harry’s writing has changed out of all recognition! Well done, boys!)

Every afternoon we do art and we did a topic on famous artists and did finger painting to make pictures like Monet and printing like Andy Warhol and William Morris. We have been making butterflies with folding paper and also made them symmetrical by painting them carefully and folding them. We painted multi-coloured rainbows for the people who help us and we put them on the church gate so everyone would see them.

In English we have been learning about adjectives and adverbs so we can describe things and make it more interesting. We learnt about famous authors and compared and reviewed some of their special books.

We have explored plants and learnt about roots, leaves, petals and pollen. Insects like bees collect the pollen from the flowers. Birds collect the seeds so the plants can grow new plants. We planted some seeds that are now growing. We also did the life cycle of frogs and our tadpoles changed to froglets.

We learnt to program the beebots to go places like the yellow, red, brown and blue towers.

We learnt about Mary, the mother of Jesus and made a attractive altar for our assembly table. We put flowers on.

Every morning we do PE with Joe and now Rosie. All the staff join in and we are getting much better at the exercises.

We have been happily reading all the Mr Men books and our favourite treat is watching the Mr Men and Little Miss DVD.

Mr Johnson and Mrs Sayers from Sedgeford come and help sometimes and Mr Sayers has been painting the school Sharon and Mrs Lack have been sorting out the library with a bit of help from Mr King, and Mrs Tidd and Mrs Bocking are tidying out the attic. Our school looks really nice now – all clean and tidy and fresh.

By Ryder (age 6) and Harry (age 7).

On Tuesday 8th May 1945, the Country celebrated the end of the second world war in Europe. The day became known as VE Day, short for Victory in Europe Day. This year is the 75th anniversary of VE day and our May Bank Holiday was changed from Monday to Friday this coming week to allow a long weekend of celebrations. Of course, these have now all been cancelled. However, Rachael Williams, Head of Schools Learning at Stories of Lynn Museum, has put together a program of virtual activities. There are too many ideas to list here as well as a countdown continuing all week with a different activity every day, talks to listen to, and a competition. For more information click here.

It has been good to be in contact with more of you this week.

If you want some fresh ideas, how about making a time capsule? For ideas click here

And if you are struggling and need help, you could contact the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162 - you can find more more information here. Starline is a free-phone telephone number, which will offer personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts, to any family struggling with the demands and pressures of trying to learn from home. It will be open six days and is available to all parents and carers of school-aged children nationwide and also supported by a website.

Parents phoning the helpline may require support with a specific topic, such as algebra or English, or simply be looking for tips about how to structure the day, deal with difficult behaviour or manage the learning of several children at once.

StarLine's team of advisers will share tips, techniques and advice on where to access resources to help those in need.

It will be open to queries across all areas of the curriculum and all phases of education but in addition to this callers can ask for help and advice regarding behaviour, wellbeing as well as information on supporting pupils who have special needs or disabilities.

All calls will be confidential.

We made rainbows to thank key workers

We have put them on the church railings

I hope you had a good Easter, are still safe and healthy, and are all ready to start learning again.

Mrs Willis sends best wishes to all and a reminder( for the Y3/4s in particular) to keep checking Google Classroom as frequently as possible. If you are having trouble logging in, let us know and we will try to help.

Mr Lacey Hastings is now teaching daily through Google Classroom so make sure you are logging in every morning. Any problems please contact the school.

If any of you need any more work, especially maths or Literacy, do please contact the school and we will arrange something with you.

Twinkl are still doing daily lessons - see link below, and for BBC Bitesize daily timetable/lessons, just click here.

Some good maths sites include Learning at home, maths mastery and nrich - all have specific resources for home learning and all would fit well with the way we teach in school. The Government recommends the English Mastery website for English - plus many others - too many to list here -but if you are interested, the full list of recommended websites for home learning is here.

I have given some topic ideas below and can signpost you to websites if needed. Just let me know.

Next term we would have looked at the human body in science, so after Easter you might like to see what you can find out? You could try BBC bitesize or twinkl as a start? You need to be able to:

 identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood

 recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

 describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

In RE we were going to do The Lord's Prayer:

Who taught us it? Why?

What do all the words mean? What is it about?

What important Christian beliefs does it contain?

Who prays it now? Why? When? Where?

Are there different versions and why?

Think about the following:

"Your kingdom come" -Christians are part of God's kingdom on earth - how can we bring a bit of Heaven to earth?

"Give us this day our daily bread" - what are the differences between needs and wants? Can we be part of God's answer to this part?

"Forgive us..." when have you needed to forgive? is it always easy? Why should we be forgiven? When should we be forgiven? Does God always forgive?

Why would Jesus have wanted us to pray about these things?

Can you summarise your own personal thoughts and reflections?

And for "my" other subject, DT/art, the main topic would have been ancient civilisations and there is lots and lots of art connected with ancient civilisations. I am not sure what Mr Lacey Hasting was going to focus on but possibilities include Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Ancient Greece. I googled and found a huge number of art ideas - why not see what you like the look of?

David Walliams is reading a story every day -use the link elevenses story

Twinkl are posting a timetable every day with all the lessons and resources that you need for that day - daily timetable

Joining in Joe's daily PE - along with nearly a million others across the world!

making coronation chicken

13/3/2020

chopping

weighing

final product!

Run a mile for Sport Relief

13/3/2020

siblings, pupils, parents, staff....

keep going...

...finished! And we raised almost £500 (so far and counting)!

Visit by Smithdon STEM Students for science week

12/3/2020

chromatography

bubbles

animal vision

11/3/2020

Well done to our netball team. We are so proud of everyone. Our best ever result!

We drew 2-2 in the first game then won 4-1 in the next.

We got through to the cup final in our group and came 3rd. We all got a bronze medal.

Everyone played amazingly well -and showed great team work.

We can now book onto the small schools netball finals -how exciting!

cooking 6/3/2020

(in our world book day costumes!)

cooking the mince for cottage pie

peeling

and chopping

world book day

6/3/2020

science 28/2/2020

testing out our wind turbines

Ash Wednesday 26th March 2020

Revd. Rachael came in to do assembly

We were able to choose if we wanted the ash cross.

Mrs Bocking was the first.

Pancakes in the church 25/2/2020

guess what topping I chose!!

visit from Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm to answer our questions about wind turbines 14/2/2020. We then designed and made our own wind turbines

Welcome Back

Welcome


Welcome back to school. I’m looking forward to meeting you all.


We will send further information as we start school, but there is some basic information below.


Please be sure that we are all working hard in school to be as safe as we possibly can.


To help,a avoid any cross-contamination, children need to bring as little as possible equipment from home. All they will need is a coat, PE bags (which could stay in school all week) and any reading books. Children having a packed lunch need that too. Please do not bring and stationery or pencil,cases into school. We will provide everything needed for learning.


Any reading books borrowed from school will be kept separate for 72 hours before being available again.


There are a lot of changes. Many people find change hard, and we know this. It’s fine to be upset. However, myself and all the other staff are here to help and support you. I hope you will all help and support me too!


As we enter the classroom we will wash our hands, and every time we leave the classroom we will use hand sanitiser. There is no need to bring sanitiser into school as we have plenty, and it will reduce any chance of cross contamination.


The most obvious change is the layout of the classroom. We have followed all the guidance and set the classroom up in rows (see the photo).


Another change is your teacher - me! I’m looking forward to joining Brancaster school and bring 28 years of experience with me.