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A message from the staff at Balksbury

Message from Mrs Whatley:

Dear Parents/Carers,
Some children may be finding this time at home very confusing, they may be anxious, they may not quite understand why they are unable to go out and play with their friends. Here are some stories that will hopefully help them understand some of the issues that they are having to deal with.
I will also be updating weekly with some ideas of ways to cope with anxiety and ways to encourage the children to have a healthy positive mind.
I understand that some of you may not have access to a printer, therefore I will include activities that can be done without one.
Take care
Mrs Whatley - ELSA

Identifying Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores from their Teeth...

When a Tiger Came to Tea!

A big, furry, stripy tiger came knocking on the door. We let him in and he was very hungry. He looked in all the cupboards but he had already eaten most of our fruit at playtime. He said he liked sandwiches, buns, cake, chicken, daddy's beer, tea and all the water in the tap. Sadly we could only offer him one banana and so he left in search of more food. We discussed what we could do to prepare ourselves for next time he comes as he did say he would be back!

Paschal Candle Ceremony

We had a Paschal Candle Ceremony. We began by sitting in a circle in the dark and thinking about what darkness means to us. Then, the Paschal Candle was brought in and we watched as more candles were lit from the Paschal Candle. The centre of the room was filled with light and the children were spellbound gazing at the flames. Gradually, we gathered closer to the flame and thought about how Christians feel when they think about Jesus' light in the darkness. We said a prayer and blew out the candle, imagining we are Christians taking Jesus' light into our heart and minds.

Non-Fiction Writing

Painting Our Relief Maps of Peru...

Making relief maps of Peru so that we can see where the cloud forests are. Paddington is a spectacled bear from darkest Peru. Spectacled bears live where the Amazon rainforest meets the Andes.

We Love Spectacled Bears!


We have been learning about how we can achieve goals with practice and perseverance. In PE, we supported our partners to navigate around the hall without touching the floor. Many of the children tackled equipment in ways they had not felt confident to previously.

Learning the Continents of the World Through Collage...

Going on a Bear Hunt!



We looked closely at photographs of an unknown place. We described the physical and human geography we could see and built the places using junk modelling, plasticine, Lego and craft materials. We noticed that in some of the photos the place looked dry and hot. However the people were wearing warm clothes so we thought it must not be hot after all. We saw that they were making their own clothes and the place has mountains and forests. We also noticed that some people live in big cities and other people live in small villages with houses made from straw. Later we learned that this place was Peru!

Treasure Hunting!

We found a message in a bottle! We read the message and discussed what we should do next. We wrote to Mrs Holloway to ask if we could follow the instructions and dig to see if we could find anything. It took us a little while to solve the riddle but once we did, we went on an expedition to see if we were right. We took turns to dig in the ground until, to our great excitement, we hit something solid. We pulled it out of the ground and it turned out to be a bag with a box inside. Once we had brought our find inside we all took turns to look inside the box and describe what we could see. 

Message in a Bottle

Digging for Treasure!

Investigating Pushes and Pulls at the Park

Investigating Sculpture with Natural Materials

Sculpture Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long

I'm Gonna Shine Christmas Performance

Computing Lessons. Learning how to use 'Paint' to Create a Self Portrait.

This week we have been learning about how to use exclamations in our writing. We went on a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament and practised exclaiming about the wonderful things we had seen. Click the link below for the tour...

Houses of Parliament

Remember, Remember the 5th of November...

When a Dragon Came to Balksbury...

Fortunately, we captured rare CCTV footage of our luck dragon before it returned to its family in dragon land. Watch the video below...

Still image for this video

A Fiery Tale

Marvellous Maths