Mailbag 1 May 2020


Mailbag 1 May 2020   Plain text version for Google Translate


Another Friday already! I hope you’ve had a good week.


The Learning at Home and Hillcrest Social pages on our website are building into a really useful library of resources and activities. We hope you are enjoying the content and finding helpful information.


Mr Mac has been looking at our website traffic statistics and we are absolutely delighted to see that around 300 families are accessing the website every day!



Reading Level Correlation Chart - As mentioned in Tuesday’s Mailbag, the Hillcrest Book Barn is open for business again so you can pop in to swap books between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. If you’re sourcing reading scheme books on line or elsewhere and find they use different colour coding or numbers this chart will help you find the right level for your child. (We’ve put the link on the Resources for Learning at Home page under English so you can find it any time.)



Chatterbox Goes Silent for the NHS! Maya in Yr 2 is doing a sponsored silence for TWELVE WHOLE HOURS on Friday 15th May to raise money for NHS Charities TogetherThis will be a huge challenge for her... her Dad says she loves to talk! 


She was inspired when walking along the river behind the Paintworks and Bath Road, where there are some lovely hand-made inspirational messages hung from the trees and fences, including one honouring Captain Tom and his incredible fund-raising feats.


She’s hoping to raise £1,000 in total and after 24 hours or so is nearly halfway there! 

If you would like to support her, visit her Just Giving page HERE.



Download the latest Families in Focus Bulletin HERE. It's packed with information, services and activities from Families in Focus South (based at The Park, Knowle) for families and young people during these difficult times. 



Dem Bones - Look HERE for next week’s art activity from Mrs Bonner.



A Very Small Challenge from Mrs Fleming - I've always loved miniature things... dolls houses, model villages, dioramas... tiny worlds of all sorts. One of my favourite places to visit is Madurodam in Den Haag in the Netherlands - the most amazing model world!


Would you like to make your own tiny scene and send me a photo? It might be a miniature garden on a tray or in a pot, a scene you make with your toys, a tiny room in a box, a teeny meal... the miniature world is your oyster! (Have a look on Hillcrest Social HERE for some pictures to inspire you.) Send your photos, and anything else for the Hillcrest Social page, to


See What I See - A new competition for 5 to 16-year olds has been launched today to help children feel more connected to the outside world during the coronavirus lockdown. 

See What I see, which has been created by the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (RFACT) in partnership with Bath Spa University, asks children to think about what they miss most about their built environment, how it might be redesigned to bring people together and which place or building they’ll visit first once coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

The competition activities have been designed for different age groups, each with a monetary prize attached (first prize £600, second prize £300 and third prize £100).

Find out all about it HERE.



More fun stuff… Have a look at the Hillcrest Social page HERE to find out about:


  • A KS2 ‘writing toolbox’ and a competition from Luke Temple, the author of Felix Dashwood and the Mutating Mansion.


  • An invitation to design your own ‘Triber’ from Tracy Alexander, the author of the Tribe books.


  • Three new children’s cookery videos each week on Chartwell’s ‘Super Yummy Kitchen’ YouTube channel.



Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday.