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Cheer up the Lonely Day

Saturday was 'Cheer Up the Lonely Day in America - what a great idea!  If you know someone who who is lonely or going through a tricky time, be a bright spot in their day.  With your parents or carers permission, contact someone in your life who might need a little extra love or attention.  Your small act of kindness can make a real difference to them.

National Clerihew Day


But what is a clerihew?  A clerihew is a simple poem that has a few simple rules -

  1. They are four lines long.
  2. The first and second lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.
  3. The first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.
  4. A clerihew should be funny.

Click here for more help.  Once you have written one - send it in to

Physical Challenge - Week 10

Our 10th Physical Challenge can be found under the 'Active Family Activities' section below.  How many of the 10 challenges have you and your families managed?  Remember that it is never too late to get started and there is plenty of choice!

Play 20 Questions


A game to play at home or on a video chat with friends or family (please ask first).  Guess the animal, vegetable or mineral in 20 turns by  asking the right questions.

Click on the image above to be taken to the Scout Association website where there are instructions.

Hamstel and the BBC


The eagle eyed among you might have noticed that there have been a couple of links to Hamstel Junior School on the BBC website recently.  James from Year 4 appeared on Blue Peter in May talking about his Blue Peter badge collection - and what a collection it is!  Secondly, a question from Year 6 was answered on Newsround's 'The Big Question'.

Click on the images above to be taken to the Blue Peter home page or watch the answer to Year 6's question.

Book Token Design

Click on the image above to find details about a competition to design an new book token that could win you and your class £10 each in book tokens.  You will have to be quick as it closes on 28th June.

Blue Peter's 6 Badges of Summer

Click on the image above to find out how you can earn 6 Blue Peter badges this Summer.

A Royal Assembly

This morning, Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, will host an assembly with primary school students in Liverpool, with it all being broadcast online so everyone can watch.  During her talk, the Duchess speaks about how important it is to be kind to one another, particularly when we are going through a difficult time.

The assembly will be available here after 11am this morning.  Click here to read a Newsround article about the assembly.

Physical Friday - Obstacle Course

Have you always wanted to build an obstacle course?  Well today could be the day!

Making sure you get permission from your parent or carer and then create an obstacle course using items in your house. This obstacle course can be done inside or outside. Once you are happy, why not get every member of your family to try the obstacle course, timing each other to see who is the quickest?


Somewhere different to read


If the weather isn't looking too good, why not stay inside and build yourself a reading den?  Make sure you ask permission first and tidy up after you have finished!

Puffin Online Festival

Puffin Books are holding a seven day online festival for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday.  Join authors, illustrators for a week of events.  Click on the image above to be taken to the event home page.


Story Time

There is lots of advice on how you can 'Keep on Reading' in our Everyday Learning section.

But let's face it - who doesn't like having a story read to them?

There are lots of authors and websites offering some great opportunities to hear some great stories.


For Harry Potter fans, the first book of the series (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) will be read over the coming weeks.  Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni, and Eddie Redmayne are amongst the cast of narrators, with more surprises and special appearances from across the Wizarding World and beyond to come.  It is also available on Spotify.

Click here to be taken to Chapter One on the Wizarding World Website


David Walliams has also been reading some of his books.  New chapters are released at 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday, with a chance to catch up at the weekends if you miss any. 

Click here to be taken to Elevenses where David Walliams reads his stories.



We have some amazingly creative writers in our school who we know will be itching to do more than their daily lessons.

The documents below have some great ideas of how you can develop your writing.


Authorfy - here you can watch author masterclasses or click on the ’10 minute challenges’ to complete a challenge set by a bestselling author or illustrator!  If you love poetry then have a look at Children's Poetry Archive to listen to poems read out loud or explore and write your own Nature Poetry.  You could join the daily podcast on Radio Blogging to help you improve the content of our writing with their great tips and techniques.  Our last option below is The Literacy Shed - the home of inspirational videos that you can use to kick start any piece of writing.


Just click on the documents below for full details and links.