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1st April 2020

Hello everyone!

Hopefully you're getting into the swing of things and finding your way around with greater independence. Although its cold out, it's been nice to have some sunshine again. How is your weather chart coming along?

The Week Junior
As a school subscribers we have free access to a digital edition of The Week Junior EVERY week to share with EVERY child in the school whether they are learning from home or still in school.
You can view a PDF version of this week's issue (see link below). Here are a few of the features to look out for:

  • The UK gets kind and creative during lockdown
  • The big debate: Are April fools' pranks funny?
  • All about inspiring people who are living with autism (to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week 30 March-5 April)
  • 3400-year-old ballgame court unearthed in mountains of Mexico
  • Book of the week: The Happy Confident Me Journal

There's also a unique front cover for readers to colour-in and display in their windows.
View the latest issue now:



Read The Butterfly Lion - the chapter called 'The Butterfly Lion'.

Have you noticed how Morpurgo uses real life events (World War 1, The Victoria Cross medal), little known species of animals (white lions, Adonis Blue butterflies and places of interest (The White Horse at Uffington) etc in his fictional writing? Why do you think he does this, as an author for children?

Time to get writing!

Can you make your own fact file about The Butterfly Lion Chalk Figure? Remember to include headings and subheadings. You will need to read the chapter carefully to help you. Make sure you copy any spellings carefully too. Use capital letters for names and names of places.

When you’ve finished, you can draw what you think it would look like.


The Butterfly Lion Chalk Figure

Subheadings to include:

  • Where is it Located?
  • Why was the Butterfly Lion created?
  • How long did it take to make?
  • What is it made from?
  • How was it made? How did they do it?
  • What are the Special Visitors that come each year?

Image result for adonis blue butterfly for kidsIconic Chalk Lion Restored At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - The Vine Directory

If you want to read information about the famous White Horse at Uffington, click on the following two links.

If you want to read information about the white lion on the hill at Whipsnade Zoo, click on the following link.


Maths - please look at fractions of a Set of Objects (2). Please click on the link to watch the teaching video. Questions for you, and answers for your parents are attached below. 

Step 8 - Fractions of a set of objects (2)  (See Week 2, Lesson 3 video clip - Fractions of a set of objects (2) )

Art Inspiration

I'm attaching this picture below, as it's what I was hoping we would be able to create together at school! Sadly, that's not to be, but .... maybe you can make your own Adonis blue butterfly? Or have a go at the sunset art? Or spend some time sketching in your artbook the nature around you. Or having a go at shadow art, especially if you've got any african animal figures lying around (click on link below for video tutorial)?  Or spend time on anything else you've been feeling inspired by! I'm thinking the shadow art might work with toy soldiers too, to create a World War 1 picture?

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo classroom display board ...

I'm not putting any new things on Purplemash today, as there's a lot there. However, I'll be on the blog at 10.45 today.

Spelling Shed News: 

Last time I looked (Tuesday 8pm), Santiago was in 4th place and Jack J was up in 6th place and our score was 99,478,894!  That means we've jumped a staggering

14,201,664 points in just one day! I'm falling off my chair as I type!

So our top 50 scorers 4th - Santiago, 6th - Jack J, 14th - Edward,  16th - Charlie, 19th - Amy, 21st - Maisy, 28th - Siobhan, 30th - Mia, 31st - Nicholas, 33rd - Ruby,  35th - Beau, 36th - Oskar, 41st - Darcey, 42nd - Maya, 50th - Jack B! Look at all those boys too ;-) There are others rising up the ranks too; I've spotted you battling your way to the top 50!

Well done all :-) 

Have a great day!