Gloucestershire Music are thrilled to announce the launch of their Online Ensemble Sessions. There are a variety of sessions covering all ranges of abilities and are open to any children in Gloucestershire who play a musical instrument. They are also running separate adult groups.
World Space Week (4 - 10th October)
This week is World Space week which celebrates science and technology and their impact on the development of the human condition. The event begins on the 4th to commemorate the launch of the first human-made satellite (Sputnik 1) on October 4th 1957.
There are some interesting short videos on BBC teach website:
Cheltenham Literature Festival
This year, much of the festival is 'virtual' with pre recorded events going 'live' on a daily basis. The majority of children's events can be viewed free of charge in the area named 'The Den.' Why not explore some new authors, listen to them talking about their writing and the inspiration for their books. Maybe you will discover one which you would like to read for yourself. Here is one such event which can be viewed. It is the author MG Leonard discussing her Adventures on Trains series of books:
500 WORD CHALLENGE
500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, we want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. We want children to lead on the process of writing their story.
From 6:30am on Monday 29th June until Friday 3rd July at 11.59pm 2020, we invite children aged between 5 and 13 to respond in whatever way they wish in no more than 500 words, in the form of a story.
Click on the link below to find out more and to enter the challenge! All year groups can enter this competition.
Summer Reading Challenge
Log onto using the link below for lots of ideas and activities and ways to access a wide range of books.
This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign which will aim to unite the country - families, schools, sport and businesses - in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together, even during isolation.
The Youth Sport Trust will provide everyone who registers with free videos and activity cards to help you plan a series of challenges across National School Sport Week at Home.
Click below for more information and how to register for your free resources!
Take part in the Big Butterfly Count!
Some of you may have done this last year in school time. The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 113,500 people took part in 2019, submitting 116,009 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK. The big butterfly count 2020 will run from Friday 17 July to Sunday 9 August. Check it out on the link below and get involved!
Nature activities for those of you that are self-isolating at home
We miss you
School leaders and teachers are doing all they can to support their students, staff and communities through this difficult period.
#ThisIsPE – Supporting Parents to Teach PE at Home
Virtual Mountain Biking - give it a go at home!
During this time of isolation we would like to remind you there is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
TTRockstars Gloucestershire Schools Championships
I know children at DJS are fabulous with their timetables and have used TTRockstars a lot during lockdown. I have entered us into a Gloucestershire schools competition which is running from Tuesday 12th May until Thursday 14th May and would love as many of you to participate. All you need to do is log into TTRockstars between 10am and 1pm each day and battle away - this is the only time when points will be added towards the competition. Teachers will be able to see which schools are at the top of the leaderboard and will keep you updated. Enjoy and show off your great skills!
Below is a link to show what is happening:
Easter Holiday Activities - All Year Groups
Sorry, but Tweedy forgot this week!