Here we go again... together apart!

If you have something you would like to share on this community page - photos, videos, messages, children's art, recipes, resources, suggestions for activities, links, birthday greetings, whatever! - email it toJuliet and we'll add it.
Outgrown Clothes?
Kids just don't stop growing, lockdown or no lockdown!
If you're having a clear out over half term there's still time to donate to the Hillcrest Clothes Bank Mrs Hendy is organising. You can hand donations of babyclothes and children's clothes, coats and shoes to the office, in a tied bag, on the first day of term.
Mrs Hendy will sort them by size, after a quarantine period, and families will be invited to book a slot to come in and collect clothes, in a Covid safe way. 
Families with children on Pupil Premium
will have first dibs.

Friends of Hillcrest half term activities! 

Pancake Scavenger Hunt 

We've hidden all the items you might need to make and decorate your pancakes and your job is to find them over the half term week. There are twelve items in total, hidden in three locations (click on the link below this article to download the sheet telling you what to look for!)

The last day to take part will be Sunday 21st February. 

The items have been hidden in:

Arnos Court Park woods (accessible from the Somerset Rd/ Withleigh Rd cut through),

Callington Road nature reserve

the ‘Bommie’ area of Northern Slopes Nature Reserve (this side of Wedmore Vale only).

Challenge yourself to find the items by searching, or, if you need a hint, use the included ‘What Three Words’ locations to help you - they should get you close enough to spot the item. 

The hunt is a family activity and children must be accompanied while taking part. It is designed to be undertaken during your daily exercise. Please keep plenty of space between you and other hunters, in line with COVID guidelines, and please do not touch the items when you find them. 

Have a flipping pan-tastic hunt! 

Pancake competitions: 

For those of you making pancakes at some time over half term, why not enter one of our competitions? 

Best decorated pancake!

Send us a photo of your best decorated pancake before it gets eaten up! 

Friends of Hillcrest Champion Pancake Flipper 2021! 

This is for all you grown-ups. Send us a video of your pancake flipping skills, highest number of flips wins! 

Send your photos and videos to

any time during the half term. We’ll share them on the Hillcrest Social page and the winners will be announced in the Mailbag on 26th February.  

Support Friends of Hillcrest 

The Friends of Hillcrest is a registered charity run by volunteer parents and carers. Our main purpose is to raise money to enrich our children’s school experience, and support families who may not be able to fund extra-curricular activities. 

If you have not already done so, please consider making a donation to support Friends of Hillcrest at: 

Your support will enable us to run enrichment events for the children and a select number of fundraising events for the whole community where we can do this safely. As always, all our events will be open to everyone in the Hillcrest community. 

Thank you for any amount you can give. 

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A heartfelt response to Miss Norman's weekly challenge!
Have a stupendous 9th birthday Arthur!

There's an exciting revamp to the CBBC YouTube Channel to help keep children entertained at half term and outside home-schooling hours whilst we're all stuck in lockdown.

They are uploading videos every day that are suitable for 5-11 year olds, with a wide range of genres from factual shows, news, dramas and comedy to entertainment....

Programmes like Horrible Histories, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Next Step, Saturday Mash-Up, Operation Ouch, the Playlist, the Dumping Ground, Heirs of the Night and Jamie Johnson. They are also welcoming back Dani Harmer in the brilliant new programme My Mum Tracy Beaker.  

Subscribe at - (it’s obviously completely free!) and don’t forget you can watch CBBC live daily and on the BBC iPlayer.




Look at this wonderful 'London Underground' style map of green spaces in Bristol. We have so many places to walk and cycle in our city! 
The Greenground Map aims to inspire walking and cycling between parks & open spaces, active use of waterways and outdoor activities. This is an independent project by Helen Ilus Design. Visit the website here.
Download the PDF above and zoom in to see the detail on the map.
Have a lovely day Miss Wyatt!

British Science Week is a celebration of the best of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and a great opportunity to raise awareness and inspire young people in these key subjects.

To support the event STEMforStarters has a range of free science projects that combine real science with a ‘learning by doing’ approach. They are easy to resource and, given the potentially fluid situation around COVID-19 restrictions, can be carried out anytime at home or in the classroom.

You can download the projects now at

We plan on adding further projects over the next few weeks. We'd love to hear from you if there is a theme or a topic you would like to see included so that we can see if we can help!


Paul Steele

STEM Ambassador


STEMforStarters is provided by Proportico Limited registered in England 5121072
British Science Week  is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by UK Research and Innovation.





What a wonderful world!
Papier-mache model of planet Earth made by Zahra in Puffin class.
You may remember that, back in the autumn, Rose in 1MH donated her long hair to be made into a wig for a child who has lost their own hair. 
She also raised a total of £335 for The Little Princess Trust, helped by the Hillcrest community.
Well done Rose and thank you to everyone who supported her. 
Here's some of the lovely work our Reception home learners have done on maps this week.
Happy 11th Birthday. Have a great day Lara!
Enjoy your special day Moses!
Discovering Children's Books on the British Library website HERE is an absolute treasure trove of ideas for children's activities! 
We've just signed up to this to get some free seeds and growing packs for school. 
There are some fun ideas for growing activities on their website that you might like to try at home.

Yr 1 used the information they have been learning during their Enquiry, ‘What Am I?’, to create the perfect habitats for wild animals.





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Lydia's response to Miss Norman's Friday Challenge!
Wilma has a new baby brother! Meet Miss Norman's new puppy, Barney.
(Wilma is NOT a fan at the moment.)
Happy Birthday Hugo!
If you get newspapers, please start saving them. Mrs Bonner and Ms Sharples are planning an exciting papier-mache project for the last week of term.
Here are two pencil crayon drawings of imaginary shops created by Jana in Yr 5.
One is a bakery. Jana is enjoying baking at the moment and is making brownies today.
The other is a perfume shop. Jana and her Mum are reading a German book at the moment called 'Die Duftapotheke' which looks amazing! The title means 'The Scented Pharmacy'.
Have a wonderful birthday with your new bundle of joy Mrs Cox!

The last year has brought about a lot of changes for everyone, and as your local NHS Charity, we’ve had to adapt our ways of fundraising so that we can continue to support our dedicated colleagues in providing the best possible care to patients throughout the pandemic and beyond.

We have just launched our new virtual baking event: the 10 Bake Challenge.

This is the chance for your pupils to put their baking skills to the ultimate test through up to 10 exciting challenges and raise some dough for their local NHS in Bristol. The 10 challenges can be taken on individually or split between their class- the choice is theirs!

Egg-cited? Here’s how to get involved:

•         Parents can sign-up via our website to create their 10 Bake Challenge fundraising page

•         Access the full challenge pack through the welcome email that follows – helpful tips, colourful cake flags and everything needed for recipe success!

Whether brand new to baking or master cake makers, we would love your school community to get involved, and your support will come at a critical time to our NHS. With your help, we can continue to fund state-of-the-art equipment, pioneering research and other vital projects that will have a huge impact our dedicated staff and the patients in their care during these incredibly difficult winter months.

Thank you for your time and please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Ian Riddell

Community Support Officer

Southmead Hospital Charity

North Bristol NHS Trust





Yr 1 have been working on character descriptions.
Here are some fantastic examples.
Hope you had a lovely day Mrs Price!
Thanks to Michelle and Jonathan Dettmann for this picture of snowy Hillcrest!
We'd love to see more photos of what people did in the snow. Did you build a snowman?
Happy Birthday Agnes!
A surprise flag has appeared at the Chestermans on Rookery Road.
"Thank you so much for this flag, it really brightened up our day when we spotted it!"

Two Twilight Webinars for Parents, Teachers and Therapists

Supporting Handwriting and Typing Skills at Home

Thursday 28th January 2021 at 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This first twilight webinar event is for parents who are currently supporting children’s literacy at home during the Covid-19 lockdown. The session will include a 30-minute presentation on the basic principles of handwriting and typing followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with members of our committee. Hosted by specialist teachers Michelle Stone and Amanda McLeod. Free of charge, but please book your place.
Book Now

Motivating the Reluctant Writer

Thursday 4th March 2021 at 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Many children struggle with low self-esteem as a result of difficulties with handwriting. These children may dislike engaging in handwriting and be difficult to motivate when it comes to writing. This session will present research surrounding handwriting and self-esteem and ideas for motivating children from Key Stage 1 and 2 to engage in handwriting.

The session will include a 30-minute presentation from Occupational Therapist Lesley Harding followed by a question and answer session with members of our NHA training team, including specialist teachers and researchers.

£15, or £10 for members.

Book Now





Be A Champion with Jamie Peacock - 30 Day Pupil & Staff Well-being Challenges 



As Seen on Sky News & Sky Sports News:

A Free Mental and Physical Health Resource for Pupils & Staff in the UK During Lockdown

Due to high demand and interest for this event, we have scheduled further events for:

  • Pupils on January 27th (9:00am, 10:30am & 12pm)
  • Pupils & Staff on February 8 at 2pm
  • School staff on February 23 at 7pm

Please click the register here link below to see the date and times available.


We are pleased to be getting so much fantastic feedback from attendees, their families and schools about this event and proud to have made this available to over 18,500 people so far,with more sessions to be made available soon. 

“My son age 8 is already drinking more water, not interested in salt and knocked out a couple of 2km runs on the treadmill. Jamie Peacock's words are making a difference” - Family of pupil attendee


“I am definitely signing up for the school staff one, the pupil version has received great feedback and there are still places available too” - School staff


"My son was there and loved it. He's been going for a 15-20min run at the end of the school day now too. You're doing an amazing job." - Family of pupil attendee


"My 8 year old son was on your webinar yesterday and absolutely loved it. Top job sir, and thanks for being an inspiration and role model for sports stars by showing them how to give back !! Thank you thank you thank you!!!" - Family of pupil attendee



What is the 30 Day Wellbeing Challenge?

Hi! I’m Jamie Peacock. I am a former Rugby League Champion player. In my rugby career, I played over 500 games, including over 50 times for England and Great Britain.

I’ve also won: 11 Super League Grand Finals, 4 Challenge Cups, 4 World Club Challenges, and I was selected for the Super League Dream Team World Best 13.

I didn’t start out as a champion. But I believe everybody has a champion within them. Over the next 30 days we’ll go on a journey to discover your inner champion.

I was able to excel in my career because of my focus and understanding of the importance of wellbeing. If you don’t know already, wellbeing consists of 4 areas:

  • Positive Mindset
  • Sleeping Well
  • Physical Activity
  • Eating Healthily

Jamie Peacock in Partnership with Schools Advisory Service is pleased to share the Be A Champion 30 Day Wellbeing Programme with pupils and school staff. With the sudden recent lockdown, Jamie and SAS wanted to help schools, academies and parents / guardians with resources to support their pupils and staff alike and help to empower people to look after their mental and physical wellbeing.

This is why we are making this programme available to all schools in the UK at no cost.

During the webinar, Jamie will introduce the 30 day challenge where he will discuss his experience on how working on the four areas of wellbeing affected his rugby league career and helped Jamie be a champion. Sessions are limited, if there is a significant demand, future sessions will be made available.

Jamie and SAS will send an email once a week to go through what should be worked on that week as part of the challenge, along with a short video. After the 30 days is complete, each participant is welcome to join the final session to go through data we have from weekly engagement and how it impacted their wellbeing as well as share success stories submitted by participants.



Terms, limitations & conditions apply. Statements true at the time of writing. 

 Supporting parents with tech so kids
can carry on learning
This group has been set up so that Bristol parents who cannot afford technical support can contact local technicians to help with their children's computer. This will hopefully get them back up and running again asap so they can keep learning during lock down. Please note that the people helping you with your devices are doing this in their own time.
If the device is not repairable we will do our best to find a machine to donate to your child. 
The cost of parts any parts needs to be paid by the parents. However, they will be at cost price. Alternatively, you can source the part yourself.
Donations of equipment to recycle are welcome (even quite old machines may be useful for parts). If possible, we will fix them up and up distribute them in the community. If we cannot find a home, we will sell the items and use the funds to help those who cannot afford to pay for parts. 
Hope you had a great day Jasper!
Career coaching - find out more HERE.
HYPE - Helping Young People Engage - is a participation service that works with children and young people who are (or have been) under the care of mental health services.
We have an exciting opportunity available for anyone under the age of 25 to help us design a new logo for our blog. Our blogs can be found on various virtual platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We would be very grateful if you could share this email and poster with anyone who might be interested.
The winner’s design will be seen far and wide and will have a huge impact on the identity of the blog page.
  • The logo needs to contain the words ‘Barnardo’s Hype Blog’ and needs to be designed within a circle shape appropriate for virtual platforms.
  • It can be as colourful as you like and be created using any form of media (graphic design, photography, pencil, painted etc.).
  • Finished designs to be emailed to: or sent via direct message on our social media platforms:
Instagram: barnardoshypeblog
Twitter: barnardosHYPE
Facebook: Barnardo’s HYPE Blog
All entries must be submitted by Friday 26th February with all ‘likes’ being counted and the winner being announced on Friday 12th March 2021.
How will the winner be chosen?
All submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and then it is over to you….
You will need to ask as many friends and family to like and share your design over the three virtual platforms. It is very important that your friends and families ‘like’ the ORIGINAL post (the one shared by HYPE). The sooner you can submit your entry the more time you have to gain ‘likes’!
The winner will be the ORIGINAL post with the most ‘Likes and shares’ added up across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
‘Likes and Shares’ will be counted up until 12noon on Friday the 12th March 2021 with the winner being announced later that day!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Be in it to win it!
Scarlet and Woody created a lego block of flats this weekend, complete with penthouse, hot tub flat, garden flat and airline style reception! 
They had great fun pretending to be Lego Masters..... now to build the rest of the street.
Happy 11th Birthday to Maisie!
Look at the creatures that children from Mrs Flook's class have been making! Yr 1's enquiry is What Am I? They've been looking at identifying, naming and grouping animals.
Have a super sparkly day Rosa!

We have launched Blue Peter on YouTube at CBBC, for entertainment outside of home-schooling hours, now we’re in lockdown. 

Blue Peter is the longest running kids TV show in the world and we are uploading videos to it that are suitable for 5-11 year olds. We have world record breaking challenges, arts and crafts, environmental videos, cooking and baking how-tos, inspirational films, gaming, celebrity appearances, dance routines and music performances. We also feature ways of getting a Blue Peter badge, behind the scenes footage and extra content about our incredible presenters Adam, Lindsey, Mwaksy, Richie and Henry the Blue Peter dog. 

Subscribe to - (it’s obviously completely free to subscribe!) and don’t forget to watch the live programme on CBBC at 5.00pm every Thursday, or on BBC iPlayer.

The Blue Peter Team!




Have a great day Mr Barham!
Do you know where this is?
Are there more?
Keep a look out and send us a photo if you find one.
A big Happy Birthday to Sofie in 5EN who is 10 today!
She is happy about getting to be at home for her birthday but missing her friends.
Happy Birthday Isaac!
A suggestion from the Chesterman family for something fun and different to do when you're out getting some fresh air - posing with statues! 
Here are some photos they took at the weekend in Millennium Square...
Paignton Zoo
Next Friday 15th January at 11am we’ll be presenting a short lesson from the zoo!
The lesson will be designed for KS2 pupils exploring habitats, and the animals that live in them - but all children are of course welcome to watch.
Including: What is a habitat? How could we describe the habitats? Which habitats would the zoo animals inhabit in the wild, and how would that affect the way they live?
It will be presented by Matt, from our Education team, with a live Q&A at the end. The video lesson will be shared via Teams (anyone with or without Teams will be able to watch) and we'll share the viewing link with you here next Friday morning!
Happy Birthday Maya!
Calling all homeschooling parents!
Free virtual tours of Underfall Yard (includes History, Science and Geography) are available throughout January. For info and tickets... Primary age tours (KS2):

Lockdown Learning: How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021

As a third national lockdown is under way, the BBC is bringing hundreds of educational resources together to help with home schooling.

Whether on TV, online or on social media, we have lots of brilliant content to help you learn at home.


  • Starting on Monday 11 January, CBBC will broadcast three hours of primary school programmes from 9am every weekday. They will include BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other much-loved shows with an educational twist, such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and more.

  • Secondary students will be able to watch two hours of programmes supporting the curriculum on BBC Two every weekday. These will be complemented by drama adaptations, as well as relevant BBC science, history and factual programmes.

  • Bitesize Daily Primary and Secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button, and episodes will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer.

Have a great day on Saturday Phoebe!
Hope you have a brilliant day Tom!
Happy Birthday to Jasper!
Happy Birthday Mrs Macnab!
Lydia turned 11 on 3rd January.  A slightly different birthday this year during lockdown but she still had a fun day!
Happy Birthday Lydia!