Mailbag 5 May 2020


Mailbag 5 May 2020   Plain text version for Google Translate


Lockdown Questionnaire - We would really love to hear your views on how we're helping children and families to get through these strange times. How much of what is on offer are you accessing? What's working well for you? What isn't? Is there anything else you wish we were doing? Please take a few minutes to complete our survey HERE.


Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday - We will not be posting any Home Learning or sending out a Mailbag this Friday.


Hillcrest Summer Exhibition - We’re very excited to announce our brand new, on line Art exhibition! Thank you to Eve in Year 1, and her mum, Tamsin, for coming up with the idea. Find out all about the exhibition, the different categories and how to send us your art works, in a message from Mrs Bonner in the Department of Art, HERE.


Children... have you run out of good books to read? Are you missing the library? Have you read something you know your friends would love too? Do you need some new ideas about what to read next? Here’s a great idea from Hillcrest mum, Layla Mohan.


Why not join in with our Lockdown Book Swap?


How it works: 

    • Post pictures of any books you’d be happy to lend to your classmates on Seesaw or Tapestry. (Check with a grown up that it’s okay for you to lend these). You might want to include a short synopsis or review too. 
    • To make sure your books find their way home you might like to print out some book plates to stick inside the front cover, or you can just write in your name and address. 
    • If you see a book you’re interested in, post a comment, letting your classmate know that you’d like to borrow it. 
    • Ask your grown up to help you deliver your book to the classmate who wants to borrow it. You should do this during your daily exercise and in a socially distanced and safe way, of course.  
    • Make sure you look after any books you borrow, and that you return them to the owner once you’ve finished them. 

Happy reading, everyone!


A message from Mrs Sewell - HERE are some more useful websites and resources recommended by our Children's Occupational Therapist. Most of them are free to access and can help your child develop the following skills:

  • Gross Motor - Large body movements; coordination, strength and stability
  • Fine motor skills - Hand dexterity, manipulation and strength e.g. Using pens, pencils, zips, buttons and cutlery
  • Visual Perception - Hand eye coordination, Handwriting and laying out their work.
  • Sensory processing - Concentration, Attention, Keeping calm and Sleep.

We’ve also added this link, for future reference, to All Learning on the Learning at Home Resources page and under the SEN tab in Learning at Home.


A message from Joseph in 4CS - I am raising money for the NHS, to help support them during the Cornavirus. I am going to cycle 26 miles over 5 days around our block, which is Calcott Road, Bayham Road, Norton Road and Wells Road. If you would like to support me, my Just Giving page is HERE. Thank you


EAL (English as an additional language) - There are some new activity sheets in Learning at Home on the website HERE.


Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, has some great resources on their website HERE for primary aged children and their families. Getting out on foot and exploring your local area is a great way to stay active, especially while we’re all social distancing.  




Enjoy the long weekend and look out for your next Mailbag next Tuesday.