Wednesday 8th April 2020. :)

Morning Badgers! Did you guess what it was in the photo? We think it is a toad! And what did you think the lambs were doing? We thought they were reading the sign that says to look after the beautiful skylarks on the Downs.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday – we have been attacking our garden over the past couple of days. There are lots of brambles and part of our hedge at the back was looking very sad. When we cut back the bush I had an idea! I decided to use the twigs to make an Easter display. πŸ™‚ I had planned to do this in the classroom like our ‘Christmas twig’ that lovely Dave found for us. Do you remember when lots of you brought in Christmas decorations and you covered it with all your wonderful creations? The chicks in the middle reminded me of all the Santas that a fellow Badger brought in. πŸ™‚

Well, I thought I would take a photo to show you. πŸ™‚ If you have some paper and colouring pens or pencils you could make Easter egg decorations to hang in your room.:)

Easter chicksEaster chicks in windowEaster tree

I spoke to Ms Shannon the other day and she said that lots of you have been busy working on Nessy which is amazing! She said that she had enjoyed hearing about all the different things you were getting up to. She said that some of you had been making models at home and that gave me another idea…

So your other suggested activity is to create a model. You can make whatever you like but the main idea is to make it 3D. You might use Lego, Playmobil and/or cardboard boxes. When my children were little they used to make ‘worlds’ in the living room that they used to play with for hours. Izzie loved making farms and zoos and Tom made dinosaur worlds, garages for his cars and Lego constructions. You might make a castle or a rocket… Use your wonderful imaginations Badgers and see what you can come up with. πŸ™‚ You could send me a photo of your wonderful creations.

I am in Plumpton today and I will be thinking of you lots.

Take care

Keep shining!

From Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚



Tuesday 6th April 2020 :)

Well Badgers, my post yesterday was called ‘Surprise!’ and I had some surprises of my own: I heard from three fellow Badgers on their Purple mash blog. I was so pleased to hear from them. Also, while we were up on the Downs for our daily exercise, my husband spotted something so tiny on the floor that we were both amazed!

Here it is:Β  Views of Downs and toad

I wonder if you can guess what it is? If you can, let me know on the Blog.

We are really enjoying spotting different things on our walks. What have you spotted out of your window, in your garden or on your daily exercise that made you smile or curious to find out more about?

We also spotted this funny image when we were out. πŸ™‚

lambs reading about skylarks


A fellow Badgers’ Dad also saw the lambs and he thought the same thing… They look they are reading the sign! Can you guess what the sign says? Again have a guess and message me with your ideas. πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are a couple of activities that you could have a go at if you like:

I was thinking that if you wanted to that you could dust off a board game and play it with your family or learn to play a new card game if you have them.

We played Cluedo last night and surprisingly there were no arguments! (My brother and I often used to argue when we played board games – sorry Tim 😦 ).


The second activity is from the lovely Mrs Griffiths – making Easter cards. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy these activities. Remember if you have any activity ideas that you would like me to share message me and then I can post them for all our Badgers to have a go at. πŸ™‚

Take care brilliant Badgers!

From Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚

Monday 6th April 2020 – Surprise! :)

Morning! Now I know it is the holidays but if you want something to do I will be posting a couple of holiday activities for you on each weekday of the holidays. These are of course only suggestions and if you have any great ideas do please message to tell me!

To be honest, I am enjoying the blogging and like being able to keep in touch with you.

It also helps me remember what day it is! πŸ˜‰

So here are a couple of things that you might like to do:

  • We have been listening to a lot of music – my favourite tracks so far to dance to in the garden have been by Fatboy Slim – ‘Right Here Right Now’ and ‘Praise you’. Which track would you pick to have a good old boogie to? Put your favourite music on and ‘Dance it out!’. Do you remember the quote by James Brown?

‘The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing!’

If you like you could create a playlist with your family and all have a boogie – disco outfits optional – though Joe Wicks has been having fun dressing up so I don’t see why we can’t as well.

  • Here is a video link to one of Mrs Griffiths craft activities, I saw her on the Downs (from a 2m distance of course) and she says hello to all of you. πŸ™‚

Katie socktapus

Well, take care Badgers and all your lovely families. πŸ™‚

Here is a photo I took on the Downs – I was so excited to see these beautiful horses. I thought that lots of you would like this photo as you loveΒ horses!


From Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚



Hello – it’s Friday! Friday 3rd of April 2020 :) The holidays start today. :)

Esme April By a fellow Badger πŸ™‚

Well lovely Badgers, we have reached the last day of the Spring Term! I don’t know where the time has gone. I hope you all had a good day yesterday. I have started thinking about our topic after the Easter holidays and I am really looking forward to sharing it with you once I have finished the overview. πŸ™‚

Here are your suggested activities for the day – I hope you enjoy them. πŸ™‚

Firstly, you can have a go at a work out with Joe Wicks. Remember you can follow this link:

Body Coach (Joe Wicks)

After this have some time on TTRockstars, MyMaths or mathsframe.

We have had such fun on these games in class. I wonder which is your favourite? I really liked the bowling one on mathsframe.Β Β  I wonder if you will find a new game today that practises those times table and division skills.

Next are some maths challenges for you to do:

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Friday 3rd April

Time for BREAK and a snack and drink

After a break it is time for English:

So your activity is to create a treasure/ Easter egg hunt for a family member using prepositions, e.g.

Look under the sofa. The next clue is in the cupboard. Find the next egg behind the sofa.

Find a list of prepositions here:

Prepositions 3rd April

I thought that we would have done an Easter egg hunt at school so this will hopefully be a fun thing to do at home. I was thinking that you could draw Easter eggs to find or collect objects to hide that lead to a final surprise.

Easter Eggs colour

Remember to write your clues neatly so that your hunters can read them!

LUNCH! Yummo! :O

Well Badgers, I definitely think that we have earnt our community treat this half term!

We have pulled together and had a fab time learning about our topics in Maths, ‘Light’ in Science, ‘Ancient Rome’ and studying our book ‘Escape From Pompeii’. You should be very proud of yourselves. πŸ™‚

I thought that this afternoon I would set another art activity and give you the chance to chooseΒ  a ‘treat’ for yourself. I’m wondering if you will snuggle down to a film like we have done in class before in pyjamas and with a blanket… Or maybe you will have some lego time and build an amazing model… Or draw a wonderful picture… Or bake a cake like we did when we made jam tarts… Or create some amazing drawings on pebbles… Or spend some time exercising like when we have played our games together.

Here are the links for your art activity. I have included an Easter bunny and a Labrador for all the dog lovers out there. I hope you enjoyed drawing the cat yesterday. πŸ™‚

What ever you choose to do I hope that you have fun and start to relax into the holidays – you deserve it. πŸ™‚

I shall be posting some ideas for activities in the hols. In the meantime have a look at this video from Newsround :

This video definitely gave me some ideas and made me feel positive!

Have a wonderful holiday – please keep in touch.

Shine Bright star

Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚

Thursday 2nd April 2020 – Me again!

Morning Badgers and all your families.Β  How are you all?

It has been lovely to keep in touch with you through the purplemash blogs and well done for keeping going with the MyMaths and TTRockstars as well.

I received a lovely letter today via the Plumpton office from a fellow Badger. I thought I would answer some of the questions here because they might be questions you all have:

There have been between 4 – 8 children coming into Plumpton when I have been in and we have been separating the Infant and Junior children to do their work and also coming together for some activities which has been lovely. I have really enjoyed working with children from across the Skylark Federation and different ages. It’s also been fun working with different adults from across the Federation – though I of course miss all our Hamsey friends and families.

I am also trying to help my own children at home but to be honest because they are older they are very independent and some of their work I would need help to understand! I am mainly thinking of ways to feed them and keep them happy – I expect your families are busy doing that as well!

I hope that answers your questions – do message me on the Blog if you have anymore. πŸ™‚

So here are your suggested activities for today:

Firstly, I would suggest you follow Joe Wicks exercises OR you could do your routine from PE that you prepared yesterday. My husband planned an exercise routine for us to do which has been great fun!

After your morning work out I would have a go at TTRockstars and then do some of the MyMaths challenges and these challenges. You could ask someone in your family to be your ‘partner’ for the second task:


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Thursday 2nd April

It is definitely time for a SNACK and a BREAK now! All that thinking makes us hungry!

Remember to have a drink as well.:)

Next is English. How did you get on with the Literacy shed task yesterday?

Today I would like you to write a letter to someone just like our fellow Badger did to me. It really brightened my day and made me feel like someone was thinking of me.:)

  • Who will you write your letter to? (I’m writing to my Auntie Pris in Cornwall who is 87)
  • Do you remember when we wrote to the children in France and Sierra Leone?
  • You could tell the person about what your day is like now and the different activities that you are doing.
  • How is home learning different?
  • Are any parts of the day challenging?
  • Are any parts of the day especially positive?
  • Remember to ask them questions to show that you are interested in what they are doing.

Time for LUNCH – Yummo! Perhaps you could help prepare lunch…

This afternoon I was thinking you could do an art activity after your quiet reading time: I have such happy memories of all your art work. I have included a ‘How to draw a cat’ – I wonder who I was thinking of? But of course you could do ‘How to draw … guinea pigs, dogs, horses, Star Wars characters…’. It is up to you! Remember to get permission from an adult before you use the computer.:)

Remember you can take photos of your drawings and post them on your purplemash blogs. I would love to see them.

Well, I think that should keep you busy today. At the end of the day you could spend some time playing football, scooting, cycling, tennis or trampolining if you have one.

Remember to keep noticing the signs of Spring all around you – today I saw so many birds in the garden. They are certainly busy! I can even hear the skylarks from my house, especially in the evening. πŸ™‚


HaveΒ  a lovely evening Badgers.:)

Sleep Tight. πŸ™‚

Shine Bright star

Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚

Wednesday 1st April 2020 :)

Good Morning! How are you all?

I hope you all had a good day yesterday. I was upstairs and I heard one of our fellow Badgers calling ‘Hello’ to me again as he rode past on his bike! What a lovely surprise. πŸ™‚

I also really enjoyed watching Mrs Griffiths funny video with the sock puppets… seeing them dance to ‘Love Cats’ made me giggle! I was singing the song all day. πŸ™‚

It’s great to see that so many of you are doing the MyMaths tasks. Some of the Yr 4 children are having a go at the Yr5 work as well. Well done! I am also really enjoying your Blogs. I was wondering if you wrote any poems yesterday. Here is my poem inspired by ‘Three Good Things’ by Jan Dean:

The Power of Remembering by Clare Shinebourne

At the end of the day I always remember

three good things.

A delicious supper – cooked by my husband and shared with my family.

The sight of lambs up on the hill maybe –Β  bounding freely, skipping with glee.

The sound of a red – breasted robin maybe –Β  singing triumphantly at the tip of a tree.

Or else a Skype call with my parents – I miss them and it is wonderful to see their faces.

My head is full of all these things, it’s hard to choose just three.

I let remembering fill my head and my heart with all these wonderful things

And I drift soundly to sleep –

Ready for another day! πŸ™‚

I am looking forward to reading your poems… I wonder if anyone else in your family might write one as well.

So here are the suggested activities for today!

Start with Joe Wicks – it just gets us up and at it!

Here are a couple of maths challenges for you and of course keep going with MyMaths, TTRockstars and Mathsframe. Have any of you had a go at the Corbett Maths 5 a day?Wednesday 1st April maths1st april Maths 2

If you need to check your answers using a calculator that is OK, but try and have a go on your own before you check!

Definitely time for Break. πŸ™‚

After Break I have a Literacy Shed task for you to have a go at. πŸ™‚

We have really enjoyed these in class and hopefully they will inspire you to write in your home learning book. Follow this link and go to ‘The Fun Shed – Catch It’.

Do you remember the meerkats? Watch the video and then have a go at some of the writing tasks underneath.

Tell the story from a meerkat’s point of view.
Create an internal monologue for the vulture.
Describe the beautiful setting of the African plains.
Create some dialogue between the meerkats at various points in the film.
Create some commentary for the ‘rugby’ scene at the end of the film – use iMovie to record this commentary over the top of the original film.

Hopefully that will keep you really busy and it is fun. πŸ™‚

Time for Lunch! Yummo!

Wednesday afternoon isΒ  P.E. time so after some quiet reading I would like you to create a workout for Joe Wicks to show the world…

Record your workout with drawings in your home learning book and then practise it ready to be a personal trainer for your family!

I will look forward to you being my personal trainer when we get back to Hamsey – in the meantime tire out your self and your family. πŸ™‚

Well, hopefully that will keep you busy!

Have a fab day Badgers!

Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚ Shine Bright star


Tuesday 31st March 2020 – Good Morning! :)

Morning Badgers! Well, I hope you had a lovely day yesterday. At Plumpton we had a busy day and one of my favourite parts of the day was writing a poem with a Hamsey child inspired by ‘Spring Snow’. After reading ‘Spring Snow’ and blowing bubbles with the younger children we decided to write a poem entitled ‘Bubbles’. I have saved it on the Blog for you to read. It is such a beautiful poem! Did you write a poem yesterday? If you did I would love to read it. πŸ™‚

Bubbles by a lovely Hamsey child

I had a lovely evening responding to your comments and work on the purplemash blogs.

One fellow Badger picked flowers on Sunday and researched all their names. The picture was beautiful – so many signs of Spring! Another fellow Badger did the most amazing picture of a gladiator. Well done to all of you who did some purplemash work yesterday and of course I know lots of you are doing the MyMaths and TTRockstars as well. πŸ™‚

So here are some suggested activities for today – you know what it will begin with…

Joe Wicks!Β We did this at Plumpton yesterday. πŸ™‚

After Joe Wicks you could do some TTRockstars and/ or MyMaths. We did Mathsframe yesterday at Plumpton which was fun.

Have a go at this Maths challenge – remember you can record your answers in your home learning book.

Tuesday 31 st Maths

You’ll need a Break after this.

Your poem for today is one that I have read to you before but I thought it was perfect for now.

Three Good Things by Jan Dean

At the day’s end I remember

three good things.

Apples maybe – their skinshine smell

and soft froth of juice.

Water maybe – the pond in the park

dark and full of secret fish.

A mountain maybe – that I saw in a film,

or climbed last holiday,

and suddenly today it thundered up

into a playground game.

Or else an owl – I heard an owl today,

and I made bread.

My head is full of all these things,

it’s hard to choose just three.

I let remembering fill me up

with all good things

so that good things will overflow

into my sleeping self,

and in the morning

good things will be waiting

when I wake.

I love this poem – I was thinking that you could write one like this. What would be your ‘three good things’ from your day? It might be drawing a gladiator and feeling proud… it might be collecting beautiful flowers from your garden and smelling their fresh scent, touching their delicate petals…it might be managing to do 4 keepy uppies in a row!

You know I keep a diary and I always write in it ‘three good things’ from my day. I’m going to write my own poem inspired by this one and share it with you tomorrow. I can’t wait to read yours. πŸ™‚

This activity may continue after Lunch,Β we published our poem on the computer yesterday at Plumpton. You could publish it with your beautiful handwriting and illustrate it with your amazing art work. I would expect to see lots of lovely drawings of your pets if we were in class!

Remember to have some time outdoors if you can and play a game or puzzle in the afternoon. Yesterday we had a sing-a-long to our favourite songs which was fun.

Finally, Mrs Griffiths has been busy again creating so here is the link to her ‘sock puppet activity’.

We made her daffodils yesterday at Plumpton. They were beautiful!

Daffodils from Plumpton

I hope you have a lovely day BadgersΒ  – I will be thinking of you lots. Please remember these are suggested activities and there are lots of other activities on the home learning grid to do if you fancy it.

Looking forward to hearing from you later πŸ™‚

Remember – Keep Shining!

Mrs Shinebourne πŸ™‚