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TT Rockstars reminder…

Good Afternoon Merlins,

I hope you are all keeping active and making the most of these warmer days.

Over the next few weeks, I would like to see you all logging on to your TT Rockstars account, making a massive effort to improve you rockstar speed. Well done to those children who are using TT Rockstars consistently and continue to make good progress. I will be adding new times tables for you to practise for those that have super-duper speeds!

If you have forgotten your username and password, please ask your parents to email the school using the email address advised on the home learning letter and I will get it to your parents as soon as I can.

Remember, having a very fast recall of times tables is so important for the coming year and for the rest of your life!

Stay Safe Mrs F


Grimm & Co free resources

Hi everyone,

I have just received this email from Grimm & CO. They are a team of creative, wonderful writers and illustrators who enjoy unleashing children’s passion for writing. Please share with your aspiring little writers.


Mrs F

Dear Mrs Farrimond,

I wanted to bring your attention to our distance learning provision here at Grimm & Co. We are in the process of launching a range of activities for children and young people while they are at home, during this time. 

All of the resources can be found on the Activities tab on our website here and we will of course be posting them on social media platforms.

These sessions range from short-burst weekly exercises to longer writing projects. Alongside these activities, we will provide step-by-step instructions and videos to aid the session. This provision is free for all. We will add activities every week so keep checking in with us.

We would love it if you could pass this on to parents/carers in your community.

Stay safe and kind wishes to you all,

Grimm & Co

Spring Challenge – top tips for attracting birds into your garden

Morning Merlins!

Giving birds a helping hand by providing supplementary food is a great way to help nature and you don’t need a huge space. Whether you want to put up a window feeder or open a bird café. Click on the link below to find some more top tips for attracting birds into your garden.

Have fun!



Prison Cell Maths Investigation

There are seventy-eight prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. There is one prisoner in one of the cells, two in another cell, three in another, four in another and so on up to twelve prisoners in one of the cells.

The clever prison warder made it easy to check if the prisoners were all there by arranging them so there were twenty-five along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?

Please download or print off the full maths investigation for you to solve below:

Prison Cell Investigation

Hint: There is more than one solution. How many solutions can you find?

Have fun!

Top 10 Eggs-ellent Science Experiments

Hi everyone,

With Easter fast approaching, Steve Spangler has created a ‘top 10 eggs-ellent science experiments’ video clip that you can watch and recreate at home. These fun, creative experiments will have the whole family entertained!

Mrs Farrimond


Gonoodle energy at home!

Hi everyone,

GoNoodle is a great way to help your children stay active, focused and calm while infusing good energy into your home. Now, with so many children at home from school, they want to keep that good energy going with GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home, a free online resource. GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home provides ways for children and families to move and learn together.

Take care and stay active!

Mrs Farrimond

Good Energy at Home with GoNoodle


Greenlands Landfill

Merlins and Ospreys have dug their own landfill on school premises!

They filled the landfill with different types of rubbish such as, milk cartons, plastic bottles, cardboard, tins, fruit cores and egg shells. The children then predicted what would happen to the items in a ‘rot or not’ exercise.

We plan to dig up the landfill in a month to check the results.



What a waste!

What a waste!

By Jessica and Callum (Ospreys)


Pupils in Merlins and Ospreys collected plastic over a week and put all of their plastic together in the Ospreys reading corner. Once it had all been collected, there was a mountain of plastic. We were shocked at how much plastic is being thrown away each week. We found that the majority of plastic was from packaging.

Here are some interesting facts that we’ve been learning about;
As plastic takes a very long time to decompose it is a big problem for the environment.
Every single square mile of the ocean contains 46,000 pieces of plastic.
At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. That’s similar to
emptying a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute.
Each year an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used.

We need your help! Here are some ways that you can help;
Use re-usable bottles and lunchboxes.
Buy fruit and vegetables that are not packaged.
Have your milk delivered by a milk man in glass bottles.
Reuse plastic bags or use alternatives.


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Tickets for The Tempest

The Snowy Owls, Golden Eagles, Merlins and Ospreys have been putting the finishing touches to their production of The Tempest which will take place in Magna on Tuesday 9th July. Children and staff are getting very excited – it promises to be a spectacular event! There are 400 seats altogether at the venue so there should be room for everyone who would like to come.

If anyone has not yet purchased their tickets, they are available from:

Merlins and Ospreys are Choccywoccydoodah!

What a fantastic start to the term we’ve had in Merlins and Ospreys. It’s only the beginning of our topic and we’ve already tasted lots of chocolatey treats.


Last Monday was our WOW day. The children worked on a carousel of activities – these included making and tasting some authentic Mayan hot chocolate, designing and making some fantastic Aztec masks, a chocolate quiz with blind chocolate tasting and a science activity where the children looked at how chocolate could melt and solidify. The afternoon saw the children taste a cocoa bean – they were surprised by the bitter taste. A poem/music making activity followed this and no wow day would be complete without a choco-latte dance – ask your children for a demonstration! We finished the day with hot chocolate and a story.


Last Wednesday, we had our visit from Carl who works for The Ministry of Chocolate. We all had such a fantastic day and got to learn so much about where chocolate comes from, the farming process, fairtrade and chocolate tasting. The children ended with making their own chocolate. They worked incredibly hard to become level 10 chocolatologists. Keep an eye out for your invitations to our chocolate masterclass where you will get to learn how to gain the same accolade!

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