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Living through history


At the moment we are all living through an unprecedented period of history and experiencing a very different life to only a few weeks ago. This unique experience for us provides an excellent opportunity to record our own personal experiences of the lock-down and the effect of Covid 19. I am suggesting that pupils, if they have not done so already, keep a journal during their time at home as it will be very interesting to look back on in the future. Everybody's experiences and situations will vary considerably but there may well be certain emotions that are shared and unite by us during this time when we can not all be together.

The format of the journal may vary day to day and not necessarily always be written. I am keeping a visual record of my experiences by taking at least one photograph a day. My year 5 daughter has decorated a box for her lock-down memorabilia and is filling it with different items which she has either created or remind of her this time, to look back on in the future. It will be a great time capsule I think although a second box may be required soon...

I will attach one example of the various types of activities that might contribute to the journal or time capsule. I would love to hear what different ideas children include in their journals or what items will be significant in their personal time capsules.


Best wishes to you all. Mrs Lee

VE Day celebrations

It has been great to receive some fantastic VE day related art work from members of Beech class over the weekend. I have shared various lovely examples in the school's VE Day gallery on Purple Mash. Here's a few examples of their super work:


Beech pupils' VE work completed on Purple Mash

Over the course of the weekend I enjoyed cooking various war time recipes including corned beef hash and apple fritters for my family, which they seemed to enjoy. We also decorated bunting  to display and my daughter enjoyed designing her own t-shirt to wear. Our neighbours played various music from the 40's and there was a lovely atmosphere on the street as people enjoyed picnicking on their drives and chatting from a safe distance. I hope that you were able to celebrate the occasion over the bank holiday weekend at home. If you have any photos that you wish to share we would love to see them.

Stay safe everyone.

Mrs Lee

Mrs Lee's celebrations at home

    VE DAY FRIDAY 8th May, 2020

Looking ahead to next week, Friday 8th May, will be a bank holiday to commemorate VE Day and will mark the passing of 75 years since the Second World War ended on May 8th, 1945 in Europe. Britain had fought for six long years and suffered tremendously and this was a day much anticipated and celebrated. I expect many of you will be marking the occasion at home in different ways. We would love to hear what Beech class members and their families do to remember this historical day so please share any photos or send us a message of how you spent your day. We now have a class blog on Purple Mash for you to tell us all about what you have done and you will find our email addresses on the blog entries too.



Can you design a special commemorative tea cup to mark the occasion? Think about what images would be good to include on the cup. There is a great template available free on Twinkl.

Alternatively, how about a new medal design? For either challenge there are paper templates available on Twinkl but you might prefer to try one of the paint programs on Purple Mash where there are so many different paint effects available to you. We can not wait to see what you produce. 


For other VE day resources here are a few useful links: