Happy Easter and messages of hope from Key Stage 2
Please see your child’s Google classroom page for Easter wishes from our younger children!
Enjoy a few festive treats from the children in Key Stage 2!
At the end of each term we celebrate the children’s achievements in Celebration Worship. Click on the link to watch the video (you’ll need to be signed in with your child’s login).
Congratulations to all of our fantastic pupils – you’ve been brilliant!
Are Key Stage 2 excited about Christmas? Hmmm… we’re not sure – see what you think:
Welcome to South Baddesley!
We’re excited to share our short welcome film with you which gives a flavour of school life here at SBS.
Each year, the children in Gruffalo are welcomed to SBS by their buddies. This year, things have needed to be a little different – check out this year’s buddy welcome on Learners Pool by clicking here.
(You will need to be logged in with your child’s google account to access the video).
On Friday 12th June we held our first ever, extraordinary SBS Virtual Sports Day 2020! It’s wonderful how, in spite of the restrictions of the pandemic, the logistical difficulties and even a spot of rain, our families came together to keep the tradition of our sports day alive. We were impressed with your level of commitment – and your ability to find small orange cones from somewhere! Many families marked lines on their grass, roped in younger siblings and parents and some even made rosettes or awards. The children who were able to be in school also participated enthusiastically with a lot of laughter and competitive spirit. Most importantly, everyone who took part was active and had a lot of fun.
You can see photos from our virtual sports day on Learners Pool and we have also made a video to celebrate this unusual and inspiring day – check your emails for the video link sent my Mrs Fordham. Thank you to our Year 6s, Miss Scott and Mrs Barna for their support in bring our virtual sports day to life.
Mrs Moir will be announcing the final results in her newsletter on Friday!
Welcome back ‘Garden Explorers’! I hope you had lots of fun and adventures over the half-term break. I especially enjoyed camping in my back garden and looking for nature in the early evening. It’s much cooler at this time of day and there’s lots to see and hear. Maybe you noticed bats flittering around, scuttling stag beetles, heard nightjars churring from across the heathland or seabirds overhead and smelt the delicate smell of honeysuckle in the air? I was so excited about my discoveries I wanted to draw and share my memories.
Drawing outdoors teaches us how to be still, to be observant and care for living things. You’ll be amazed at how well you can draw when you stop and really look at nature.
Here are some tips to help you get creative:
- Firstly, you’ll need a sketch book or drawing paper attached to strong cardboard – the back page of a notebook is perfect. A sketching pencil, a small box of watercolours with a brush and pot of water. I like using watercolour pens and pencils – then you can decide whether to add water or not.
- Next, find a special place where you can sit alone surrounded by nature. Do you remember your special sit spot? You will need to be comfortable. Use a mat or blanket to sit quietly. Don’t forget a sunhat or sit in the shade so you don’t get too hot in the sun.
- Now look carefully around at your surroundings to find something from nature to draw. Let your curiosity help you – what does your eye get drawn to?
- It might be a beautiful flower – how many petals does it have, what shape and colours? I like to sketch the outline of the flower first before drawing the stem and leaves. Look carefully at the edge of the leaves. Are they smooth, jagged or hairy? Don’t forget to draw the leaf veins.
- Maybe you’ve spotted an ant or a small beetle on the ground or on a plant stem. Moving creatures are trickier to draw and can be collected carefully in a pot to draw. Use a magnifying lens to count how many legs it has, look at its eyes and antennae. Does it have wings? – look carefully they might be hidden under a hard wing case just like ladybirds and stag beetles. Remember to release them carefully back to where you found them.
- I like to write notes about my drawings and sketches such as the date seen, what was your creature doing and a list of other things you saw. This helps you practice your detective skills of carefully watching and learning about something that has sparked an interest. Use nature books and the Internet to find out more interesting facts. Why not create a nature journal as a wonderful way to record and share your own memories?
Remember drawings don’t need to be perfect. Trust your eyes and draw what you see. Relax and enjoy!
Welcome back ‘Garden Explorers’. This week we are learning how to carefully watch and listen to nature. It’s an important explorer skill to practice. Have you noticed that away from the traffic noise of cars and planes you can hear more bird song? Maybe you have heard the soft buzz of a bumblebee or how baby bird fledglings squawk and beg for food – they are very noisy!
First, find a special place where you can sit alone surrounded by nature, maybe amongst tall plants, so you feel hidden but safe. Use a mat or blanket to sit quietly. If you sit quietly you will get used to that place and the plants and animals will get used to you.
After a few minutes, take a deep breath though your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat. This helps to relax your body and your thoughts so you can watch nature better. Try closing your eyes for ten seconds and then open them – suddenly everything looks more colourful and brighter. Look around you, just moving your head, keeping your body still. Maybe you’ll notice the movement of a tiny ant, how a flower gently moves in the breeze or spy some treasures you collected on your adventures before. How many colours and different shades of colours can you see?
How many sounds can you hear? Put both hands over your ears and count to 10. Take your hands away and listen – wow, there are sounds all around you. Every time you hear a sound lift up one finger to count them. Now you are listening and concentrating deeply.
Try and map the sounds you hear. Mark an X in the middle of a small piece of paper – this represents you – and use words or symbols to help describe the sounds you hear. Are the sounds near or far, quiet or loud? Which direction? Maybe you can feel the wind on your face or notice the sun warming your back. Then remember to share your sound map with someone and what you have discovered.
Extra explorer challenge:
Try listening to nature at your special sit spot at different times of the day. Listen to the early morning chorus, when birds sing for joy at the start a new day, it’s an amazing experience. Or at dusk when you might be lucky enough to see and hear bats flapping past or a maybug buzz by.
Wishing you lots of magical moments!
Hello garden explorers – I hope you all enjoyed your small worlds adventure. Maybe you discovered some special treasures along the way? I love the excitement of finding and collecting my own natural treasures. I think it’s because you never know what you might find. It might be something unusual and strange, colourful and shiny, delicate and soft or rough and prickly. Then best of all is talking about and sharing your treasures with somebody so they can enjoy your discoveries too!
A scavenger hunt is a great way to explore and get up close to nature by looking for as many different things as possible. Here’s my challenge:
How many tiny treasures can you fit into a small matchbox or collecting pot? Tip: I like to sit down and look carefully at the area just around me – it’s amazing what you notice if you look really carefully.
Use these clues to help find some hidden treasures – what did you find?
- A beautiful thing that was part of a wing
- If you plant me I may grow into a tree
- Seek far and close for something nice for your nose
- An empty home whose owner can no longer slither and roam
- Tick-tock, a fluffy seed that can be blown and freed
- Where there is food for a bee but quite hard to see
- I made food for a tree till it had no more use for me
- Something harder than bone, a most beautiful stone
Remember, don’t put any living creatures in your collecting box as you may hurt them.
Don’t forget to share your treasures. Which is your favourite object? Which was the hardest to find? Which object did you find first? What senses did you use on your hunt? – smell, feel, hear?
Take a picture of your special tiny treasures. I would love to see what you have found- upload them to the learners pool if you like! Happy hunting.