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06.07.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates  and responding to your learning. Please note children in school will follow the same learning as the grids we are sending to those learning at home. This week the theme is colour.

Reception Home Learning                       Year 1 and 2 Home Learning                      Year 3 and 4 Home Learning

29.06.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates  and responding to your learning. Please note children in school will follow the same learning as the grids we are sending to those learning at home.


Reception home learning                              Years 1 and 2 home learning                                     Years 3 and 4 home learning

​​​22.06.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates  and responding to your learning. Please note children in school will follow the same learning as the grids we are sending to those learning at home.

Reception home learning                       Years 1 and 2 home learning​                  Years 3 and 4 home learning 

15.06.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates  and responding to your learning. Please note children in school will follow the same learning as the grids we are sending to those learning at home.

Reception learning                           Years 1 and 2 learning                            Years 3 and 4 learning

08.06.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates  and responding to your learning. Please note children in school will follow the same learning as the grids we are sending to those learning at home.

Reception learning                               Years 1 and 2 learning                               Years 3 and 4 learning


03.06.20 Don't forget to join Rev Jo today for collective worship at 3pm which will be live streamed on the Minster facebook site (no need to be looged into facebook to watch).

01.05.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates  and responding to your learning. Please note children in school will follow the same learning as the grids we are sending to those learning at home.

Reception learning                      Year 1 and 2 learning                   Year 3 and 4 learning

May half term w/c 25th May

In what will still be a very different half term we wanted to offer a collection of activity ideas; this is not distance learning more some ideas of fun things to do together.

May half term activity ideas

20.05.20 Don't forget to join Rev Jo today for collective worship at 3pm which will be live streamed on the Minster facebook site (no need to be looged into facebook to watch).

18.05.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates (except for the days when they are teaching in school) and responding to your learning.

Reception home learning                               Years 1 and 2 home learning                              Years 3 and 4 home learning

13.05.20 Don't forget to join Rev Jo today for collective worship at 3pm which will be live streamed on the Minster facebook site (no need to be looged into facebook to watch).

11.05.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates (except for the days when they are teaching in school) and responding to your learning.

Reception home learning      Reception recipe scheet                      KS1 home learning                       KS2 home learning

06.05.20 Don't forget to join Rev Jo today for collective worship at 3pm which will be live streamed on the Minster facebook site (no need to be looged into facebook to watch).

04.05.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates (except for the days when they are teaching in school) and responding to your learning.

Reception home learning doc 1      doc 2      doc 3              KS1 home learning        KS2 home learning

If you are looking for some different resources why not try BBC daily bitesize their new online learning resources at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons​ or try the ones from the Government's new Oak National Acedemy https://www.thenational.academy/

Friday May 1st is the Booktrusts Pyjamarama Day.

Please see link if you haven’t already heard:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/pyjamarama/how-to-get-involved

If possible please encourage your child​ to join in via ClassDojo tomorrow and to send photos of them enjoying books in their pyjamas! Your photos maybe shared on the School Facebook Page!

You could even design your own pyjamas - there is a resource for this on the webpage above if needed along with many other things!

You may also have seen this ebook. It’s a lovely read in a time such as this, specially written and only available as the ebook right now. ​

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/

30.4.20 Please have a look at the video that Cheryl from our Preschool put together for all our children and families.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPRrJcUjMZ0

29.04.20 Don't forget to join Rev Jo today for collective worship at 3pm which will be live streamed on the Minster facebook site (no need to be looged into facebook to watch).

27.04.20  Please find below links to our learning grids for this week which have also been emailed to you and are available on Class DoJo and Tapestry. Our main expectation is for our children and families to stay safe and well so please do not feel you need to do every activity but the grids have been created by the staff to help as our children distance learn. Do try and post some work to DoJo/Tapestry and staff will be posting daily updates (except for the days when they are teaching in school) and responding to your learning.

Reception home learning grid                             Year 1 and Year 2 home learning grid                           Year 3 and 4 home learning grid

If you are looking for some different resources why not try BBC daily bitesize their new online learning resources at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons​ or try the ones from the Government's new Oak National Acedemy https://www.thenational.academy/

24.04.20 Somerset Libraries Online Resources

Somerset Libraries provide access to e-books, e-audio books and digital magazines with library membership. Visit www.somersetreads.co.uk for links to these resources.There are lots of children's books available at the moment for download, both fiction and non-fiction  TOP TIP:  Use the filters on the e-book website or app to see only books that are available now and your kids can get reading straight away.

 Not a Library Member? ​Just register online on the LibrariesWest website to receive your membership number and PIN. Once libraries are open again, you'll need to pop into your local library to get your library card so you can borrow books, DVDs and other items. Ilminster Library has a new Facebook page.  It can be found by searching Facebook for @ilminsterlibrary  and we've been sharing all sorts from the Somerset library service and beyond.  Please like the page to keep up with library related online events.

22.04.20 Why not join Rev Jo at 3pm today and each week for a short shared collective worship which will be live streamed on the Ilminster Minster facebook site (no need to have a Facebook log in to watch).https://www.facebook.com/minsterilminster/

20.04.20 For those families who we have email addressed for we will have sent you the next home learning grid and this is also availble here and in the document library below.

If you are looking for more/different resources then the BBC have launched their online learning today at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Reception home learning grid                                   Years 1 and 2 home learning grid                        Years 3 and 4 home learning grid

SCARF resources, which the children already use for PSHE also have a weekly offer. Click here for week 1​ and from next week teachers will include this in their learning grid.

Thinking ahead to next week - Steve Backshall of Deadly 60 fame has launched his own Q&A life wildlife education show for children on Youtube every Wednesday at 9.30am. Previous sessions can also still be watched - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm-URP49TgSgyIU1rgh2m7A

17.04.20 For those who enjoy Harry Potter there is a new online hub in association with Bloomsbury and Scholastic with activities, quizzes, reading and magic to keep children entertained - click on this link https://www.wizardingworld.com/news/introducing-hp-at-home

For younger children the CBeebies presenter Maddie Mooate has launched a YouTube show 'Let's Go Live' airing weekdays at 11am. Eack week has a different theme with games, craft projects and interesting information. https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate

16.04.20 South Somerset District Council is offering support for families in need including food boxes - click on this news link to find out more https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/news/2020/4/coronavirus-covid-19-free-food-boxes-to-be-provided-to-those-facing-financial-hardship-during-covid-19-crisis/

15.04.20 The Fairtrade Foundation are offering some home learning challenges on their site https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/​. 

10.04.20 Singing is a wonderful way to make everyone feel brighter and SingUp (the children know and like these resources in school) have created a free family section for you all to enjoy that will be updated regularly. Click on this link to find out more www.singup.org/singupathome​. It fully launches on the 20th April but currently has an Easter section of songs and activities for children to enjoy over the holidays.

09.04.20 Coronavirus is a very unknown concept for our children so if they are asking questions please try these stories and factsheet below.

Story 1                                   Story 2                               Factsheet

08.04.20 We know keeping children at home and entertained can at times be very interesting so you may enjoy some of these activities kindly shared by South Somerset Partnership School which are available below. Please remember it is ok to find this whole new situation difficult and keep reminding yourself that you are doing your best in what is a new normal for all. Above all don't expect too much, children will not focus all the time and small bite sized chunks of activities are fine and probably more productive and we will always try to do some age appropriate activities for children to try on their own​. If you do need us, the office is 'manned' 9am to 3.30pm and there is always someone checking the office email.

Well Being Pack for Easter holidays

Screen Free activties - great holiday challenges

Through my window - an activity to help children look at what is around them

Please take time to share this book about Coronavirus, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INSwith-cover.pdf

07.04.20 If you can't go anywhere this Easter then let the places come to you as there are lots of virtual tours now available. Good Housekeeping Magazine, via the link gives a range of museums and zoos/aquariams https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/ or simply search for virtual tours on line. A document with more virtual tours can also be found in the document library at the bottom of this page.

SecEd an education magazine has kindly shared the following links to online resources that may interest our families:

Part 2: Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: April 7, 2020: https://bit.ly/2xRvTFM

Part 1: Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: March 24, 2020: https://bit.ly/3dmVyXb ​

06.04.20 Keep up that love of reading by tuning in to Julia Donaldson's facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/ where each week she shares a book, this week is 'A Squash and a Squeeze'. There are also links to other book inspired sites. Do you think you could be a book illustrator? If so, you will enjoy looking at The British Library https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books​ who have a special feature where you follow Axel Scheffler’s process from pencil to paint, as he shows you how to draw your very own Gruffalo. They also have other book related activities for you to try over the Easter holidays.

If you would like some help in explaining Corona Virus to children then please see the document we have added to the document library at the bottom of the page.

01.04.20 We have emailed all families with some useful contact numbers and a letter re free school meals as we are aware some families have changing circumstances and this explains who can and when they can apply for free school meals. These can be found in latest letters below.

Our safeguarding policy has been updated to reflect Covid 19 changes and is available in our Key Information and Documents page and in the document library below.

We are also adding some challenges for you to try at home. Activity challenges can be found in the document library further down this page and try the links below for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathemtics) activities and to read Harold's Diary (children know Harold as the giraffe who visits with Life Education and he has a diary and resources to help families with personal, social and health education at this time).

https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/here-for-parents       includes Harold's daily diary that children may enjoy​.

 www.stem.org.uk/home-learning