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Catherine Wayte

Primary School

4th May

We very much hope that you and your families are all safe and well and continue to enjoy your time together. We are really missing seeing you all at school, so if you haven’t sent us an email yet, either to show us some of your work or just to tell us about some of the fun things you have been up to and say hello, we would love to hear from you:

Thank you once again to all those parents and children who have sent us work done or activities completed – there are a lot of creative children out there! Thank you parents for all you are doing to support your children’s learning.


The home learning activities we are suggesting for this week include some English and Maths tasks and also some Geography, History, PE and Music activities. As it is the anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, some of the activities link with that.



Friday 8th May this year is a bank holiday in order to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) is the day on which World War II came to an end in Europe. When this was announced, celebrations immediately began throughout Britain and more than one million people celebrated in the streets.

Although most of the celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary have been cancelled, there are still some celebratory events that will happen on Friday. There will be a two minute silence at 11am, and a national toast at 3pm and many people will decorate their homes and gardens with red, white and blue.

Twinkl currently has some excellent free resources to find out all about VE Day. Please use this link                and enter your email and the code: UKTWINKLHELPS

In the search bar type: School Closure VE Day Resource Pack and choose the Key Stage 2 (7-11) resource pack.

Click on the green ‘download now’ link and you will find a folder with many different activities in it.

Read the PowerPoint which includes lots of information about VE Day and includes some tasks you might want to try. There is also a quiz at the end to have a go at.

Also in the folder you will find the following activities to try if you wish including code cracking, themed pictures to colour and a wartime recipe book with some cookery ideas.



For a reading activity, please find the KS2 VE Day Differentiated Fact File in the Twinkl folder referenced above. Scroll until you get to pages 10-11 where there is a more detailed text to read and then 10 questions to try. The answers are at the end for you to mark your own work.

In order to focus on positive things lots of people are making ‘time capsules’ to think about things such as fun activities they have done at home, things they are grateful for and what they are looking forward to doing in the future. It would be great if you could write about some of these things and send it in to us. We have attached a 2020 Time Capsule Booklet which you could either print out and fill in or of course just use some of the ideas on there to produce your own writing.

Keep an eye out in the next few days for Mr Shammas’ next YouTube lesson (Mr ShammasTeaches) about adventure stories and also instructions for a ‘choose your own adventure story’ activity.

Don’t forget that he has created a video lesson about poetry on this channel. We have already had some great examples of children’s own version of ‘The Fear’ poem and would really love to see some more. You can also find the two other sequences of work on ghosts and werewolves on the channel if you haven’t had a chance to have a go at them yet.



For Maths, please go to the White Rose Maths website where you can watch some lessons on fractions and then try some of the related activities.



For Geography, please go to the BBC Bitesize website and find the KS2 Geography section on sustainability. There are 3 video clips for you to watch and then some online quizzes to test what you have learned.



If you fancy a bit of singing, head to the website of Swindon Music Service and click on the section ‘Music resources for those at home’. Happy singing!



You might have seen the great adverts on tv for Sport England ‘Stay in, work out’. If you visit their website you will find some excellent links to a wide variety of physical activities. There are loads of tips, advice and guidance on how to keep active in and around your home including yoga, aerobics and of course dance!

Finally, please keep emailing Mrs Brown with your child’s memory of primary school and their hopes and dreams for the future along with a photo of them. Also, just a reminder that if you would like to purchase a leavers’ hoodie for your child, the deadline for the online shop is Tuesday 26th May.


Until next time, take care and stay safe.


Mrs Tomlins and Mr Shammas