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Other things to do!

On this page I will add any exciting things that I think you might like to do whilst at home! It will be completely up to you if you would like to do any of the activities but I would love to hear if you do any of them!

Thursday 30th April

Have you seen the video the staff at Birklands made for you? We had a lot of fun making it and hope it makes you smile!!

Tuesday 28th April

The Book of Hopes

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

Draw your favourite Disney character

Follow these step by step guides to draw your favourite Disney carton characters!

Book Trailer Competition Winners

The overall winner of the book trailer competition was ...

Tyler Clarke from Kittiwake with his excellent book trailer for 'Captain Underpants.'

Tyler has won a book of his choice, as well as a delightful bookmark and certificate.

Check out his winning entry below

Y5 & Overall Winner: 'Captain Underpants' by Tyler Clark

The winner from each class also wins a bookmark and a certificate - see below for the class winners:

Year 3: 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Bethynie Pritchard

Year 4: 'F2 World Class: How To Play Like A Pro' by Charlie Holland

Year 5: 'Captain Underpants' by Tyler Clarke

Year 6: 'Gangsta Granny' by Lexie Henson

Well done to everyone that took part, I really enjoyed all of your entries.

Mr. Brightman

Monday 20th April

Well done to Alex who was the Goldcrest winner for the Easter Competition! Here is his fabulous winning entry!

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Friday 3rd April

Virtual day at Chester Zoo

A little birdie told us you quite enjoyed your last virtual trip to the zoo…

So, as you're not able to come and see us in person right now, we’re once again bringing the zoo to you!

Join us LIVE on our Facebook or YouTube pages from 10am when we'll be throwing open our 'virtual gates.'

Enjoy a whole day of animal antics, live from your sofa!

We'll be featuring many of your favourites...

10:00 Meerkats (WARNING: There may be new babies!)
11:00 Eastern black rhinos
12:00 Beautiful birds
13:00 Poison dart frogs
14:00 Jaguars
15:00 Okapi

Come and join the fun. The animals are waiting...

(*Running order may be subject to ever so slight changes... and there may be more surprises throughout the day!)

Musical Theatre in your front room!

A new YouTube channel, titled The Show Must Go On, is launching to give those stuck at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic their very own West End and Broadway experience. The channel will air a different musical each week, starting with Andrew’s hit show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat that will premiere on Friday (3 April) at 7pm.

Thursday 2nd April

Harry Potter at Home Hub

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has launched an online Potter hub to keep children educated and entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Harry Potter at Home" brings together a number of resources including free access to the audiobook version of the first installment in the series.

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" has been added to Audible's library of free books, making it immediately available in several different languages for free, and without requiring a subscription to the Amazon-owned audiobook service.

Other features of the hub include articles, puzzles and video.

JK Rowling has said, "While we're on lockdown we might need a bit of magic!"

First news

First news have sent out a digital copy of their latest newspaper. Click on the link above to give it a read!

Friday 27th March

Chester Zoo Virtual Tour

As you can't come to the zoo right now, we’ll bring the zoo to you!

Join us LIVE from 10am when we'll be throwing open our 'virtual gates.'

So, break up the boredom of being at home and, for the first time ever, enjoy a whole day of animal antics, live from your sofa!

We'll be featuring many of your favourites...

10:00 Red pandas
11:00 Rothschild's giraffes
12:00 Asian elephants
13:00 Butterflies
14:00 Sun bears
14:30 Sumatran tigers
14:45 Humboldt penguins
16:00 Aquarium

Come and join the fun. The animals are waiting...

(*Running order may be subject to ever so slight changes... and there may be more surprises throughout the day!)

Wish Jar

A great idea for something to keep you positive during this time of uncertainty!

Every time you wish you could do something, go somewhere, treat yourselves, see someone you love, visit a new place, invite people to visit you, write it down on a post it note and pop it in a jar. When this is all over, this will be your bucket list. You can work your way through the jar and will be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in your lives. Until then enjoy watching your jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.

Thursday 26th March

Cartoon Workshop

Sheffield artist Pete McKee will guide you through the basics of character development starting with how to draw simple faces and expressions. So grab a pen, pencil or whatever you can find and join in the fun.

Elevenses with David Walliams

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams' World's Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

Wednesday 25th March

Wellbeing Wednesday

The Art of Brilliance are putting wellbeing lessons on their youtube channel (click here) every Wednesday at 10am. They want to keep spirits up by coming up with ways to spread some positivity and help keep minds busy with ‘good stuff’. They describe it as 'like Netflix, but for wellbeing'.

Wild World with Steve Backshall

On Wednesday 25th March at 9.30 am, Steve Backshall is giving a live lesson on his facebook and youtube page all about the wild world. From habitats to holotypes, parasites to pademelons, he will be doing his best to bring the wild world into your living room, from... his living room!

WW2 History Lesson from a Bunker

On Wednesday 25th March at 1pm, Western Approaches HQ are giving live lessons on their facebook page (and on their youtube page) from a secret bunker. Topics will include; What were rations, coding and morse code, evacuees and evacuation and WW2 history.

July 2020


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