The Redstart Primary School looks forward to fully opening from 08 March 2021The Redstart Primary School are delighted to welcome back all pupils from 08 March 2021. It will have been a long eight weeks for many. We have missed our pupils that have been home schooled during this recent lockdown but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The recent government announcement to include all schools to fully open and the planned 'roadmap' to ease restrictions and ease us all out of lockdown has been very welcomed news. We can now start to plan and resume a route back to a more normal way of life. Until then stay safe and carry on learning!
Redstart Connects with Yew Tree CottageThe Redstart Primary School connects with local care homes during lockdown The Redstart Primary School (part of The Redstart Learning Partnership) pupils have teamed up with a local residential home near Chard, Yew Tree Cottage Residential Home, Hornsbury Hill, to spread some intergenerational joy during these difficult times. Pupils have been busy writing letters to send to the residents of the care homes as a way to connect the community together. Pupils from years 4 – 6 have all been involved and have been busy writing personal letters. The letters have been involved in a quarantine process before being sent to stop the spread of the covid virus. During the covid pandemic residential home residents have been unable to go on trips outside the care home and with visitor restrictions in place it has been very lonely times for nearly a year now. It is hoped the letters would have a positive impact on the well-being of the residents whilst giving the pupils letter writing experience, the knowledge that they are cheering the elderly residents up and the anticipation that their letter might get a response! “We thought it would be lovely to reach out to residents in a local care home by writing letters to them. Children in school from Years 4, 5 and 6 have worked hard to compose beautifully written letters to brighten the day of people who may be feeling lonely during these times”. Miss Bendall. Deputy Head of School. A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership said ‘we are delighted to hear that The Redstart primary pupils are writing and sending letters to the local residential home and spreading some cheer during these difficult times. It is fantastic that the pupils are developing skills whilst doing such a good deed.’ Sarah Ambridge owner/manager from Yew Tree Cottage contacted the school to express their sheer delight at receiving the letters. Sarah said: “The residents are delighted and thrilled to receive and read the letters. It has put a smile on the resident’s faces. The letters all had outstandingly neat handwriting and some of the stories were fabulous, in particular stories about pets and siblings. It is a wonderful surprise and we are extremely grateful for the sentiment at this difficult time. The residents will certainly be responding and would be delighted if the children from The Redstart Primary could visit once covid restrictions have been lifted”.
Year 5 Victorian DaysYear 5 pupils celebrate the Victorians Year 5 teachers Mr Platt and Miss Griffin arranged 2 full ‘Victorian days’ for their year 5 Sparrowhawks and Kestrel classes last week, which proved a fantastic success for all involved. The year 5 children had the opportunity to experience a number of activities. For one of the days Miss Griffin ran a Victorian school day and as part of this day the children were asked to attend school in a Victorian costume. The day consisted of traditional handwriting skills using a quill and ink and they used blackboards to work on our maths skills among a number of other Victorian classroom activities. The children had a wonderful time and did their best to avoid having to wear the dunce hat! There was also some Victorian drills for PE. On day two Mr Platt offered the children the opportunity to participate in Brunel bridge building. The children had been learning about learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the English civil engineer, considered one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history. The children spent a few weeks studying different bridge structures and considering the materials and designs used to create a bridge with strength. They then used this knowledge to plan, design and create their own bridges using TechCard (a building system made of card) and string.
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