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The official school summer holidays start on 21st July. This will seem even longer than normal with many holidays and day trips postponed. If you want something to do here are a few ideas.

This week’s activities are all about appreciating the wildlife around us and thinking about what we can do to protect it.  So get outside and see what you can spot and how you can help protect wildlife.  If taking part in some of the activities outdoor, please make sure you follow the government’s rules and wash your hands when you get home.

We love to see your pictures and videos on social media! #walkingfromhome @livingstreets

A parents’ guide to Black Lives Matter

Yoopies have published a guide for parents linked to Black Lives Matter, containing resources, activities and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality. The guide will help parents answer questions such as:

  • What is the Black Lives Matter movement?
  • How do I explain George Floyd to my children?
  • How do I explain White Privilege?


You can access the guide via this link:

The RNLI have asked Avon Fire & Rescue Service to pass on water safety messages and resources to schools in our area. This is particularly important as the easing of the pandemic restrictions come into place this summer. 


Educational resource packs for Primary and Secondary pupils have been developed by the RNLI containing essential and life-saving water safety lessons. These can be used in schools as well as at home and can be found and downloaded here:


As well as this, the following could be shared with parents/guardians by adding it to your school newsletter, website, Facebook group, Twitter feed:


We have been asked by the RNLI and Avon Fire & Rescue Service to share some key safety advice for you and your children this summer. Each year, the RNLI helps thousands of people who end up getting into difficulty in or near water. RNLI Lifeguards can’t be on every beach, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers. This is particularly important as the easing of the pandemic restrictions come into place this summer. As well as the number of Lifeguards, RNLI staff have not been able to engage with school communities as they normally would in recent months. Here are some great resources to share with your children at home:

Walking gives us a chance to make observations about the world which we would otherwise miss.   This week’s activities encourages your children to take a good look at their surroundings whilst out on a walk using their senses, spotting birds and creating a weather diary.  Get involved with this week’s activity, and share your thoughts, snaps and videos on social media. #walkingfromhome @livingstreets

A social story about coming back to school if you are Year R,1,6 or key worker child on 1st June.

w/b 18th May CSET Science and PE Challenge - We have yet another challenge set by CSET! Get running around to find all of the answers! Regarding Q1, the 3 elements in order are: gold, tin and copper. But that's all I'm giving you! Have fun! Mrs Rammell

Every Summer we have a Year 6 financial day. this is organised by St. James's Place Wealth Management. At the moment this can't happen but they have sent us this as something you can do at home. Its for primary and secondary aged children,

Network rail and the Transport Police have put online some of their safety videos. We usually show these in school around holiday times to help remind our children about staying safe.


The Road safety team usually deliveries many different Road safety intervention and training into our schools, due to the current situation they are unable to offer this therefore they have put together the following resources to continue sharing their very important messages.


I am sure when you are out and about on your daily walk, bike ride or scooter ride you are discovering parts of your neighbourhood that you didn’t know before and perhaps different routes to get you around. This can be a great opportunity to consider the way you travel, in particular the way we get to and from school, with air quality better than it’s been in some time and roads quieter, perhaps use this as an opportunity to form new habits and pledge to walk, ride or scoot to school once our schools reopen, you can even have a few practise runs.


The resources are listed in year group feel free to select the appropriate resources for your child’s age.


Resource Name

Year group

Where to find it

Out and About Scavenger Hunt


Within attached Zip file


Road safety Dominos


Within attached Zip file


Road Safety Cards

Reception/Year 1

Within attached Zip file with user guide

Crossing Roads – Kids Know

Year 1 & Year 2

Within attached Zip file – video clip plus user guide

Road safety crossings Maze

Year 1 & Year 2

Within attached Zip file with user guide

Hazard - Spotting

Year 2

Within attached Zip file


Safer Steps

Year 3 & Year 4

Click on the above link and then log in:

Username: woersp

Password: SSWOERSP20 (in CAPS)


Please note it will always ask you weather you want to restart or resume, you want to select restart, this is due to multi users

Air Land and Sea – air quality and sustainable travel

Year 5 & Year 6

click here.

Sustrans -  Active School Run

Both KS1 & KS2

Road safety

Still image for this video

Literacy Shed

If you are looking for ideas to support your child with writing activities then take at look at the literacy shed:

If you look at literacy shed plus and click on free resources then you can select your child's key stage to find relevant resources. The writing units use a video clip as their starting point which children find engaging and interesting. There are then a list of different writing ideas that link to the video clip.

You will also find that there are a range of reading comprehension exercises. These have a short text for your child to read followed by a range of questions.

We often use this website in school so it's definitely worth a look for some more English ideas.

Visit our school You Tube channel- Barley Close Primary for our videos to help us keep in contact with you.


At Barley Close we have worked closely with Food for life to help teach our children about growing and cooking. 


Preparing food is also a perfect activity for children and cooking fresh and nutritious food is an important life skill. But cooking activities can also help with curriculum learning such as Maths and English. We hope the below resources will help.


Cooking skill videos


Our expert team of food teachers developed these Skills Snippets to make teaching cooking skills easier. If children grasp basic skills (e.g. using knives, peeling, grating) then they have a toolbox for life.






Cooking and the curriculum


Relating cooking to the curriculum can be a great way to help children visualise what they are learning. Why not use cooking to help think bring Maths and English to life? Try cooking our Butternut and Thyme Scone <>  


then use this English Pumpkin <>  resource to think about the ingredients relating to the English curriculum.


Take a look at the Maths Curriculum <

and English Curriculum <>  resources for EYFS up to KS2.

VE day ideas


This year the May Day bank holiday had been moved so we could all celebrate VE Day. In school we were planning our very own street party as well as some fancy dress. Although celebrations may be moved to August if you want to mark the day there are some suggestions below- remembering social distancing of course. The words to Vera Lynn’s famous song- ‘We’ll meet again’, which has been released to raise money for the NHS,  are also on this newsletter as there is nothing like arousing sing song to bring us together. The words are especially poignant at this time.

It would also be an excellent opportunity for you to do your own project on VE day. What was VE day? What Countries were involved? Do you know anyone in your family who was involved? What food were people eating? What clothes were people wearing? We would love to see what you find out- either email the school, send up a picture of video or keep your work so we can display it when we are back in school.

Progressive Sports support

Some of you have found it tricky explaining to children what is happening. This is a free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:


Follow the link below to access daily phonic lessons beginning 20.04.20.

Mr Quirke football juggling challenge
If you can video your attempt of the challenge, record your score and email them to We will make a video of the attempts later in the week.



This is a great resources that has lots of activities and worksheet for all year groups covering all areas of the curriculum. They are offering free membership for a month for all teachers, parents and carers. Go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.


White Rose Maths

Teachers already use these resources in school so children will be familiar with the activities - they are also releasing some online tutorial. Go to



Online resources and educational games. Go to


Non Screen Ideas

This website has lots of ideas about things to do that are not screen based. Go to



If you like Lego then have a look at this 30 day Lego challenge - a different Lego activity to do everyday for 30 days! Go to


Online Resources

This link has a list of  all websites that are free to access (including those that not usually free like timetables rockstars) and is updated as things become available. Go to



South Glos music service are developing a suite of materials, resources, guidance and on line learning tools for instrumental and vocal pupils to use during the period of school closures.  

For those having music lessons with their teachers check the website regularly so you don’t miss out when the learning tools are published.  The website you need to check is…



Mystery Science (  there are lots of interesting videos about science and everything else for all ages plus activities to do it after (like how germs get into the body). This is an American site but some good ideas and FREE!


Aerospace Bristol


As Aerospace Bristol is currently closed, they have created a series of ‘At Home with Aerospace Bristol’ videos, activities for kids, and more to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. Great for promoting home learning within STEM.



Celebrity Video Messages for School Children


There is some fantastic content for children and young people from celebrities sending their well wishes and inspiration. We have been sent the following message from Daniel Curtis, Composer and Lyricist.


I am really delighted to share these beautiful messages with you from: Lord Andrew Lord Webber, Dame Kelly Holmes, Twist and Pulse, Sir Ben Ainslie, David Suchet and Paul O'Grady giving advice on how to find inspiration and confidence during this time spent at home. There are some great resources mentioned which promote development in both STEM and Arts subjects and Paul O'Grady has a puppy - what more does anyone need?









BBC SuperMovers: 

Fun dance/movement videos with some of your favourite CBeebies/CBBC and other well known characters 



‘Getting Kids moving so they can be their best’


Joe Wicks the body coach on youtube, 9am daily workout for children plus lots of other activities e.g.


Disney dance along


Creative Challenges 


Illustration tutorial: Rob Biddulph

Rob Biddulph is a children’s author and illustrator.  Rob is posting daily online tutorials for children (and adults) to learn how to draw some of his favourite characters, including Gregasuras and Sausage Dog.


Wildlife Challenge:  How many different birds can you spot and identify in the garden?

Can you spot any birds (or wildlife) that you have never seen before?

Garden Minibeast Hunt:  How many can you find and identify?



We know it’s important for children to be able to continue to look after their health and wellbeing. As an extension to SWAP, School Wellbeing Activity Programme, which we have been running in school on a Wednesday in term 4, Nuffield Health have created a wellbeing journal filled with challenges and activities to keep children happy, healthy and active whilst at home. 

The journal is based on the four pillars of SWAP; how I eat, how I sleep, how I move, how I feel, and is aimed at children.

 From inventing their favourite smoothie, recording the quality of their sleep, to building a home gym and expressing how they are feeling, the journal encourages children to look after their overall wellbeing. 


There are two versions available for download on our website, one for print and an interactive version at 

We hope you find this resource useful and a fun way for your children to stay happy, healthy and active. Please feel free to share the link with children, parents and teachers. 



South Glos have asked us to share these links to both the Integra site and Parent/Carer Forum site which can be found on the Council website:


The individual links are:

Presenters at Instilling Inspiration have teamed up (from home of course) to make a mini daily video with an activity related to one of our brands each day. The idea is that, even though they can’t visit the children at school, they can still instil some inspiration with the children at their homes. They want to contribute at helping keep all of the young ones motivated with some nice simple activities they can do with their family throughout this period!


They are aiming to put up a video for one of their brands each day, starting this afternoon as part of an “Inspire at Home” series (a little more exciting than the ‘stay at home’ we keep hearing on the news!).  The videos related to these brands:


  1. Fit4Kids ( – Health and Fitness: Theme: “Doing your Fit
  2. Professor Bubbleworks ( – Science and STEM: Theme “Science Fun in the home
  3. Mindful Minis ( – Mindfulness and Mental Health – “Mindful Minutes at Home
  4. BrainBusters ( – Maths Fun and Puzzles – “Riddle of the Day


They have been wiping the dust off our YouTube channel today and will be kickstarting this afternoon with our first video related to Fit4Kids -  Instilling Inspiration - YouTube Channel

Ideas for a daily routine to follow

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