Yangtze Class 27th March


27th March 2020

Wow! I have been inundated today with photos, work samples and messages that show me just how busy you have been all week. Well done all. Here are a few examples of all the things you have been getting up to.

H, G and L have been busy making banana bread. Scrumptious! C:\Users\jeremy.leicester\Downloads\IMG_20200326_092512.jpg

I know that many more of you have been helping with the cooking too – well done!

M has learnt how to use a sewing machine. Here she is modelling the skirt she made:



S has been helping upcycle a table (doesn’t the finished thing look fantastic!) and looking after her hungry chickens.

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F has completed an amazing project on the planets, including a brilliant mnemonic to remember the names. See if you can use it to work out the names of the planets: My Very Excellent Mum Just Sent Us Nachos!



Daniel has done some great paintings – he recommends doing them outside and I’m sure you can see why.

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And I know you’ve all been working hard on your home-schooling booklets and the Dunwich Storm project.

I’m recommending two tasks for today to complement the work you do in your home-school booklet.


Today’s task is to plan your recount in detail using a boxed-up planning template. (If you don’t have access to a printer, just make one of these in your purple book.)

You can use the powerpoint to help you plan your story, of follow these steps (you could use a story map to do this part of the planning):

  1. First of all, think about the order of events in the order they will happen. There should be a bit of an introduction where we get to know the characters. It should be before the storm and it should give us a little picture of what life is like in Dunwich before the storm. Perhaps your character has been given a chore to do such as to go to the harbour to buy fish, or to collect a parcel of silk that has just arrived at the merchant’s house from overseas.
  2. Then think about the storm starting, and how this builds. How will the people of Dunwich react at the beginning? What will they do to prepare?
  3. As the storm builds you need to think about the problem – this is the most dramatic point of the story. Something disastrous happens, or is about to happen.
  4. Now think about the resolution – how does the problem get solved. How does your character escape from the situation they find themselves in?
  5. Then think about how your story will end. Perhaps your character will describe all the changes that the storm has brought.

Once you know what your story is about, use the boxed up plan to order the paragraphs. When you write the story tomorrow, I would like you to start with the most dramatic moment (number 3), then go back to the start using a flashback (numbers 1 and 2), before finishing the story (numbers 4 and 5).

Plan each paragraph in as much detail as you can. You can use the work you did yesterday to help with the description.


For your science, I would like you to investigate light and colour by following the powerpoint instructions and investigations and then by making a colour wheel. You probably won’t have a triangular prism at home, but you can use a glass of water, a piece of white paper and light from the sun to get the same effect. If you have a printer, you can print out the worksheet. If not, copy the bits you need into your book.

I hope you enjoy finding out what colour light is!

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Yangtze Class Thu 26th March

Day 4

Hello all, and I hope you are all keeping busy and positive. Thank you for the photos of all the things you are up to. Here is E making some delicious flapjacks.

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George has written a song as his entry to the Handwashing Challenge. What we need now is some film of all of you singing it as you wash your hands. Send them to me by email, and we’ll post them too!

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And Zara has been teaching herself how to draw animals – I’m sure you’ll agree they’re pretty cute!

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Thank you too if you have messaged me in any other way – it is nice to hear who is involved and keeping busy.


For your guided reading today, I would like you to read your own book and copy down any examples you find of simile, metaphor or personification. You will be working on this later for your Great Storm writing.

Simile: these compare things to something else using ‘like’ or ‘as ….. as.’

The night was like a dark blanket covering the sky.

Metaphor: these link images by saying one thing is another thing.

The night is a dark blanket covering the sky.

Personification: this technique creates images by giving objects human characteristics

Fear knocked on the door.

The waves greedily bit chunks off the cliff and swallowed whole buildings.


I hope you enjoyed researching your characters and thinking about who your character would be for the Great Storm recount.

Today, I would like you to gather descriptive words and phrases that you can use in your recount. I would like you to use ‘imagery,’ which means using simile, metaphor and personification to create a descriptive image of the storm in your reader’s mind.

Work your way through this powerpoint, gathering your imagery and writing your descriptive phrases and sentences in your books.

Image result for famous paintings of storms

Handy hint: always try to expand on what you have written. For example, don’t be satisfied with writing, “The sea was a cat.” Instead, write “The sea was a hissing, wild cat with claws that snatched at the people huddled on the shore.”


Have you heard that Audible is free for children for as long as schools remain closed! This is a great resource: it has hundreds of books to listen to.


Finally. Each year, children in Yangtze Class raise money to buy all the children in Year 6 a leaver’s hoodie. Normally we do the Grow a Pound challenge and sell things in school, but that won’t be possible this year. If you have any ideas for ways in which we could raise the money needed, please email them back to me and we will see how we can go about doing it. Ideas so far include a sponsored reading challenge, or a sponsored exercise challenge, but I’m sure you’ll have some creative ideas too.


Why couldn’t the pony sing a lullaby?

She was a little hoarse.

Yangtze Class Wed 25th March

Day 3

Hello Yangtze Class

I’ve really enjoyed seeing photos of you busy at home and the work you are doing. I am putting examples onto the Yangtze pages of the website, which you can find here: http://www.fressingfield.suffolk.sch.uk/category/pupil-area/yangtze-class/

This is Percy’s solution to the ‘Fitted’ nrich challenge – well done Percy, move your name up the rocket!

And here is Keith’s excellent handwashing poster.

Did anyone else have a go at the handwashing challenge? Remember to email me your work and we’ll add it to this page.


Over the next few days in English, I would like to work on planning and writing a recount (with a flashback) about the Great Storm of Dunwich in 1286. Over a few days, I would like you to research and create a character, think about how the storm would have affected your character, then write your story (starting with the most dramatic point then flashing back to fill in the gaps).

For your English lesson today, I would like you to use the attached sheet to think about who your character is. If you don’t have a printer, simply copy the headings into your book.

Start by watching this video of Storm Ophelia hitting the towns of Cornwall in 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GfNdL0E5T8 The cliffs in Cornwall are made of rock. Imagine what it would have been like for the people of Dunwich as the storms hit their fragile, sandy cliffs.

In order to plan who your character is, use the websites below to research and think about the kind of people that would have lived and worked in Dunwich at the time of the storm. Your character could be:

  • A boy who helps his fisherman father at the docks – how will they cope if their boat is wrecked or the harbour is blocked by shingle?
  • The daughter of a rich merchant who lives in a house overlooking the market square – she might be proud, but perhaps she will be rescued by someone she would ordinarily look down on.
  • A pilgrim in Dunwich on their way to Jerusalem – perhaps he has had something important stolen from him.
  • A girl who helps her mother run a market stall – perhaps her house will be swept away and she will have to escape.
  • An orphan who is looked after by the monks in one of the monasteries – perhaps one that is too close to the cliff.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, research what medieval life would have been like in Dunwich. This website is aimed at slightly older children, but it has good information to take notes from:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zm4mn39/revision/1 or the Duckster’s site here:https://www.ducksters.com/history/middle_ages/daily_life_in_the_middle_ages.php

Once you have some ideas, use the sheet to add detail to your character.


Today, you might also want to have a go at this online safety work which has been created by CEOP – the Thinkyouknow website.



Finally. Each year, children in Yangtze Class raise money to buy all the children in Year 6 a leaver’s hoodie. Normally we do the Grow a Pound challenge and sell things in school, but that won’t be possible this year. If you have any ideas for ways in which we could raise the money needed, please email them back to me and we will see how we can go about doing it. Ideas so far include a sponsored reading challenge, or a sponsored exercise challenge, but I’m sure you’ll have some creative ideas too.

Have a good day. 

Send me a picture of your work if you would like me to comment.

Mr Leicester

PS: What did the science book say to the maths book?

Wow – you’ve got problems.

Yangtze Class Tue 24th March


Hello all,

Well done to all of you who settled down to the first day of home schooling. I know it’s not easy to get used to a different routine, so well done.  Thank you Keith for your work – no detention required, all was as it should be. 😉 Well done.

Tomorrow, there is a chance for you to win £500: Medicspot has launched a ‘Hand Wash Challenge’ and they want you to get involved. They’re asking primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing. You could make a poster, film a video, record a song, do a science experiment or write a poem about handwashing. It’s up to you.

The top entry will receive £500 for their primary school and 10 runner-ups will receive £100. For more details, look at the website here www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash 

Please send me copies of your entries – I’d love to see them!

And the other thing – Joe Wicks starts every day at 9am with a half-hour PE lesson which you can join in with here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8&feature=emb_title Over 1 million children joined in yesterday – you could be the one million and oneth!

Have a good day.

Mr L

I thought you’d like to see this picture of P ready to settle down to work yesterday morning. Love the tidy desk, the timetable posted on the cupboard,  the blank timetable ready to fill in: move up the rocket P!

Yangtze Class Mon 23rd March


Dear children

I hope you had a good weekend and that you were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. 

I’m dropping you a quick note to wish you a good start tomorrow – the first day of school closure. 

Try to get your day off to a good start: get up, have your brekkie, brush your teeth and get dressed. Then try to follow the timetable. 

For your reading, you could try one of the reading comprehensions as a starter – the FA Cup one looks interesting. 

There are lots of maths tasks in the home learning pack, but, as an alternative, I am attaching two tasks from the nrich website that are linked to the work on area and volume we did last week.

The first is called ‘Fitted’ and is a bit like a puzzle – use squared paper if you have it, or measure your squares carefully. If you aren’t sure how to get going, you could look at how Anna got started, or look at the nrich website here https://nrich.maths.org/1854

The alternative task is more of a challenge and you might need a parent to explain how the grid works. The task is to compare the surface area (the total area of all 6 faces on a cuboid), with the volume and – once you have – to arrange them onto a grid. If you manage to do it, why not send me a picture of the finished grid? Good luck!

For your literacy, try some of the SPAG tasks in the home learning book.

Tomorrow afternoon for French, you could revise the rooms in a house. There is a powerpoint to help you, and a worksheet to complete. If you can’t print it off, you could draw the rooms.

And, finally, have a look at some of the suggested activities in the resource pack and choose something else to do.

I hope you have a good day. I will be checking my emails from time to time tomorrow, and I hope to get these activities on to the website tomorrow too.

All the best. 

Mr Leicester

Hollowford Day 4

Activities days are all about trying new things and challenging yourself to do just a little bit more, and today was certainly a day of challenges. As one of the boys from Laxfield said, “You can’t be brave if you’re not scared.” And today, we have had lots of very brave children.

Scroll through the photos below and you will see Charles overcoming his nerves and climbing to the top of the high wires, then balancing precariously on the top of the wobbly ‘Leap of Faith’ pole. It is no mean feat – up there the ground seems very far away, the wind whistles past your ears, your heart pounds in your chest and your legs feel like jelly. Why we put children through this terrifying ordeal is a bit of a mystery really, but, my goodness they made us feel proud for doing so, and hopefully learnt a small lesson about what they are capable of along the way. Grace, Alyssa, Megan and Jessica (who discovered her inner-guinea-pig the moment she left the ground and squealed her way through all of the challenges) were amongst those who managed the Leap of Faith despite feeling terrified beforehand. Well done them. Others don’t make it to the top of the pole, but nonetheless are able to push themselves to the limit of their comfort zone: step forward Lewis who balanced his way to the very top of the wobbly pole before dangling his way to the bottom. Others still seem to have no fear at all as they climb the ropes: it seems as if Billy, Dylan and Sam were born to it – they’re obviously able to channel their inner apes! However they managed it, we are proud of them all.

This morning, Miss Hunt’s group with Lydia and Rosanna, and Miss Cragoe’s group, with Evie, Kira and Zoe each built a raft. Both teachers were tremendously impressed with their groups’ teamwork and all the children enjoyed the races. Well done Evie, Kira and Zoe who won the dash around the island in the middle and back again. Incredibly, neither team’s boat sank, so neither of them got wet – but, of course, they all celebrated by jumping in.

Evie’s name was also mentioned this afternoon as someone who is fearless – she had been weaselling and attempted every challenge. The bruises on her knees and shins are testament to the amount of crawling and squeezing she had done.

This morning Jessica, Isaac, Jacob and Megan went down Bagshawe Cavern for some squishing and squeezing of their own. I was so impressed with Isaac and Jessica who were not keen, but who battled their nerves and went through every tiny hole and tunnel. Amazing. Whilst down there, we all turned out our lights for about ten minutes and sat in total darkness – an eerie experience. We also took the opportunity to conduct the polo experiment. Did you know that when you snap a polo in two, it emits a tiny flash of light? We do, because with our eyes adjusted to the pitch black, we saw the mini blue flash.

This evening has been the room inspections, and Fressingfield won both the boys and girls prizes for the tidiest rooms – top bananas! Then, the highlight of the whole week –Hollowford’s Got Talent. We had a rich and varied line up this year, with singing, comedy, land-swimming, gymnastics, karate and dance. Well done Megan who came second with her friend Charlie with a lovely gymnastics routine, and well done all who competed including Jacob, Lydia, Rosanna, Kira and Jessica.

It has been a fantastic week, and the activities are just one part of the greater challenge – that of coming so far away from home for so long. We have had quite a few homesick children this week who have battled on and enjoyed themselves despite missing home. This has got much easier as the week has gone on of course, but we are all now looking forward to our own beds, lots of cuddles with mums and dads and a relaxing weekend. I hope when they reflect on their week they will feel proud of all their achievements. Mrs Stansfeld and I certainly are.


Hollowford – Day 3

We have been really lucky with the weather, which seems to be changing – the forecast for wet weather today and storms tomorrow seems to have changed, so today we needed hats and suncream for our walks around Castleton and up Mam Tor.

This morning was spent pottering around the beautiful village of Castleton. We first made our way to the entrance to Peak Cavern to have a look at one of the country’s biggest cave entrances and learnt that it used to be a rope-making factory. Then we walked to Peveril Castle to spend an hour exploring the ruins and admiring the view. The entrance to the castle is spectacular – the path winds up a very steep hill and is an exhausting climb. Once at the top, we took in the keep, the scenery on all sides and relaxed in the sunshine. Those with cameras took photos of the views, and we tried to spot the other pupils who were climbing Mam Tor in the morning. Isaac, Rosanna, Jessica, Evie and Billy enjoyed rolling down the slopes inside the bailey before we set off once again for the most important stop of the week – the souvenir and sweet shops.

I am always impressed by how many gifts can be bought for £10 and I have seen that there are precious stones, magnets, special pencils, fridge magnets and more that will be finding their way back to homes in Suffolk very shortly. Best of all though is the old-fashioned sweet shop, where 100g of bon-bons, rhubarb and custards, liquorice allsorts and other treats can be bought in stripy paper bags. Lovely.

After lunch, we set out on our own epic journey up Mam Tor with our guide, Frag. He was a fount of knowledge about the geology and history of the area and soon all the children were finding and identifying limestone, sandstone and shale. Rosanna found a beautiful piece of quartz too; and some found tiny pieces of coal that must have been dropped by travellers long ago. He was very good at bringing the landscape and scenery to life. We learnt that the path we were taking had been used for thousands of years because it led from the shelter of Peak Cavern, to the hill enclosure on Mam Tor. We had a lovely time: Billy, closely followed by Sam, led us both up and down; Isaac and Jacob acted as ornithologists, pointing out buzzards and other birds of prey; Jessica and Rosanna spotted a heron standing in a stream before it flew away; Zoe found a dung beetle that she stroked before it scuttled off; Megan was in charge of good manners and wished all the other walkers a cheery, “Good afternoon!” as we passed them by; Evie was photographer-in-chief, capturing the landscape in all its glory; Dylan, Grace, Alyssa, Lydia, Lewis and Kira kept me company chatting about everything and anything; and Charles kept on walking determinedly despite a little blister on each heel.

It was very blowy at the top, so we took the opportunity to have a little dance in the breeze before Frag taught us about the burial chamber and fortifications. We took more photos, pulled some funny faces and took even more, then headed back down at record speed, arriving exhausted at the centre just in time for tea.

This evening has been quiz night. Well done to Billy and Dylan, Sam and Jacob whose teams both finished in first place.

Tomorrow it’s back to the activities – caving, high-ropes, weaselling and raft-building, then the (in)famous Hollowford’s Got Talent. Then there’s only one more sleep before we come home – doesn’t it go quickly?

Y6 Residential – Hollowford 2019 – Day 2

What a busy day! We have been squeezed, squashed, launched, dangled, soaked and many other verbs besides! Today was our first full day of activities and, following a hearty breakfast, we met the instructors who will work with us while here at the centre.

This morning, Jacob and Isaac, Megan and Jessica designed and built the good ship HMS Floatie using six planks, four barrels and some rope. And while their boat actually did float, it wasn’t long before the entire crew had abandoned ship by leaping into the murky depths below. What followed was twenty minutes of splashing and screaming as the children tried to regain their places, throw others off and generally soak as many people as possible – including me!

Meanwhile, Alyssa, Grace, Billy and Sam in one group and Kira, Zoe and Evie in another group were launching a new Hollowford underground fashion that includes trousers muddy up to the knee – for Grace – and up to the thighs for everyone else, brown socks that harden to a solid lump when dry and hair matted with cave mud. They had ventured into Bagshaw Cavern and waded through puddles and sumps until they were in the heart of the mountain, where they all sat down and turned out their lights! Scary! Billy and Sam, needless to say, were happy to take on the extra-specially squeezy challenges!

At the same time, Rosanna and Lydia, Dylan, Charles and Lewis were exploring the craggy rocks of Higger Tor. They were weaselling, which involves clambering over the bigger slabs of rock, then squeezing themselves through short sequences of tiny holes. It pays to be small for these challenges, so Charles stepped forward as a pioneer explorer.

In the afternoon, Lewis, Dylan and Charles built their own raft – called, “You can do it if you B&Q it!” and – as with everyone else – their favourite part wasn’t the paddling but the jumping in at the end. This evening they have also enjoyed a mega game of football with friends from their club.

For Jacob, Isaac, Megan and Jessica it was weaselling time – but at Burbage Edge for us. I was so impressed with our Fantastic Fressingfield Four, for, having wedged themselves tightly into a very tricky spot, they all extricated themselves, overcame their nerves, took a few big gulps of air then carried on with all the rest of the challenges. Our leader, John, told us that we hadn’t had a good day if we hadn’t got a few scrapes and bruises, so by that measure (and by the children’s smiles), we certainly had a good afternoon.

Lydia, Rosanna, Evie, Zoe and Kira spent the afternoon on the high ropes, eventually completing the reopened Leap of Faith. It seems that these girls are fearless as they all made it to the top, and they all took the leap; this involves climbing up to the top of a telegraph pole, balancing at the top (and dancing if your are Zoe), then leaping off to try and catch a trapeze bar swinging just out of reach. Well done Evie and Lydia who managed to catch it!

This evening we’ve had a long play outside, half of a quiz and the eagerly awaited room inspections. I’m afraid the results are rather a mixed bag here, but well done Isaac, Billy, Sam and Jacob who won the prize for the best room on the boys’ corridor. Not bad!

Tomorrow we’ll visit Castleton in the morning and spend our pocket money, then we’ll walk up Mam Tor in the afternoon.

Y6 Residential – Hollowford 2019

It’s interesting that the journey to Hollowford always seems to pass more slowly than the journey home – possibly because we are all awake for the whole time, whereas on the way home most children sleep for part of the way. Still, we passed the time with Top Trumps, boxes, hang-man and consequences. I love the moment when, “Are we nearly there yet?” and, “How much longer?” turns into gasps as the scenery changes into the Derbyshire hills, and the hedges are replaced by stone walls and the children start showing us that they speak fluent sheep… “Baaaah!”

The first task, once we have unloaded the bags, is to make our beds by using the inside-out duvet cover trick. It looks easy when the centre-leader demonstrates, but takes some mastery and there are always one or two children (Isaac!) who seem happy to settle for their duvet being balled into a lump in the middle of their cover.

Anyway, all the beds having been nicely made, we ate then set out for a walk to Odin’s Mine. This is a beautiful romp across the fields, over brooks and stone walls and up the hill towards the foot of Mam Tor where there is an old lead mine. We saw tiny new-born calves – and it turned out that many of the children were fluent in cow too – especially Kira.

We chatted about caves and mines, and relived parts of the Sherwood Hoodies. We stopped to watch two cows butting each other, then made our way back to the centre, nicely worn out and ready for bed.

So, now the children are tucked up in bed with their cuddlies in their hands and – hopefully – already dreaming about what they will be doing tomorrow. They are certainly nice and quiet

We had a little bit of drizzle this evening, so let’s hope the weather holds out for the week.

Mr Leicester

Fressingfield Primary School Viking Day

Tuesday 26th February 2019

There were horned helmets, plaited hair, axes and thick fur coats on display on Tuesday as the children celebrated Viking Day across Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) and took part in a series of hands-on workshops linked to our topic.

There were six workshops in total: longships, runes, jewellery, bread-making, felting and music.

The music workshop was run by Joe Carr, the curator and education director of the Red House in Aldeburgh. The children first explored some genuine historical artefacts, such as a 1000 year old comb, before playing traditional instruments. They created their own music using percussion, panpipe and a lyre – instruments the Vikings would have used themselves.

The longship workshop was an exercise in teamwork and perseverance that resulted in three marvellous models that now decorate the atrium. Each is complete with oars, a sail, Viking shields along both sides and, of course, a dragon on each prow.

In the runes workshop the children learnt about the futhark – the Norse alphabet, then created their own tablets with their own names written using runes.

The Vikings in the jewellery workshop created some beautiful brooches, and pairs of brooches linked with beads that they used to adorn their cloaks and proudly wore for the rest of the day, showing just how wealthy and prestigious they were compared to lesser Vikings!

The bread-making Vikings, led by Mrs Tooley, cooked traditional flat breads using oats rather than wheat flour. The porridge-like flavour of the bread was improved with the addition of lashings of honey and dried fruit pushed into the top of each loaf. We learned that loaves like these would have been carried by Vikings on their incredible exploratory trips across the oceans.

Mrs Stansfeld and Mrs Waring led the felting workshops. The children, starting with the basic raw material of unspun wool, first learnt to card it, then layer it and then bind it using a secret Viking combination of ingredients and techniques. The resulting felt was used to make money pouches or wrist warmers that real Vikings would have been more than familiar with.

Children always learn best when they are completely immersed in what they are doing, so dressing up, while also being great fun, is a fantastic learning experience. This became particularly apparent at the end of the day during the assembly to share all of our achievements with the school; representatives from each group were able to talk eloquently and at length about what they had learned during each workshop –such as that Viking runes were discovered by the god Odin as he hung on Yggdrasil – the world tree – for nine days.

So we offer huge thanks to all the teachers and support staff who prepared these workshops for us – and in particular to Mr Carr – and say a big well done to the children for all that they achieved.