Wednesday 29 April 2020

New free online adult learning platform to boost workplace skills

New free online adult learning platform to boost workplace skills

Information for parents & carers:

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched today (28 April) by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

These are the skills which are highly valued by employers and sought after in a wide range of jobs. With more people expected to be working and studying remotely in the coming months, the platform offers a great opportunity to learn new skills to help to get ahead online and gain the knowledge we’ll all need for the future. The platform also offers employees who have been furloughed an opportunity to keep up their skills development while they are at home.

Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work to more advanced training. Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create great online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University. All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.

The Skills Toolkit is designed to help people gain new skills while they are staying at home and boost their confidence. The courses have been selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future. This is just a first step towards assisting with the longer-term recovery to boost employability across the country, helping people to build up the skills employers need during time spent at home.

Published 28 April 2020

From: Department for Education


Child and Adolescent Mental Health - NHS

The link below will take you to a site that was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being. I hope that you find it helpful.

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Emotions and Wellbeing

As adults, we all know that dealing with uncertainty and change can be a challenge. We rely on coping mechanisms that have been developed over time to support ourselves when needed.

So what about our children? I know from personal experience that my little one is finding the restrictions in place confusing, from not being able to see grandparents and family to all of a sudden not able to go to nursery and play his is hard.

And often, it's tricky to know what to do to support them especially when you might, like me, be seeing heightened or more frequent emotional outbursts than usual.

Research will tell you that a nurturing approach will bring comfort to a child who is in disarray.   The SEND team have, and will continue to, share some 'emotional support resources' on the school website (Learning at Home - SEND and Nurture) that might aid some of the emotional hurdles we are affronted with currently.

I have used the 'Relaxation Tips' and found it worked well.  Why not give something a go?
Express Feelings Clipart

Monday 27 April 2020

Quiz Update

Good afternoon,

The family quiz  will now be published weekly on a Friday and the answers revealed on the following Monday.

 Here are the answers to Friday's SCIENCE AND NATURE quiz.

1)   Oak tree 
2)   Jupiter    
3)   Yellow                 
4)   16                  
5)   Product         
6)   6           
7)   Water 
8)   A                
9)   Elephant       
10) Violet 
11) Mars
12) Cat
13) Pear
14) Tadpoles
15) Megabyte​ 

Friday 24 April 2020

17. It's Quiz Time! SCIENCE AND NATURE

Good morning everyone.  Here are the answers to Thursday's GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & FILMS quiz.

1)   Daffodil          
2)   Harp                  
3)   Libra (scales)                
4)   D                 
5)   Seven          
6)   Second           
7)   Ratatouille   
8)   How To Train Your Dragon               
9)   Scarlet Overkill          
10) Red 

True or False?
False (55)

True or False?
False (3)

True or False?
False (100 times)

Today's quiz is all about Science and Nature.

1)   From what tree do acorns come?       
2)   What is the largest planet in the solar system?   
3)   What colour are dandelions?   
4)   How many ounces are there in a pound?   
5)   What term in mathematics refers to the number obtained when two or more numbers are multiplied?   
6)   How many sides does a hexagon have?   
7)  What has the scientific formula H2O?   
8)   Which is the only vowel not on the top row of a computer keyboard?   
9)   The African and Asian are the two main forms of which mammal, with their ear size being an easy way to
       tell which is which? 
10) What is the innermost colour of a rainbow?
11​) Which planet is known as 'The Red Planet'? 
12) 'Feline' means relating to what sort of animal? 
13) Comice, Conference and Williams are varieties of which fruit?
14) What are the young of frogs and toads called?
15) In computing, what is Mb short for?

Check back on Monday for today's answers and another quiz.
Have a lovely weekend.

🔎 Look Who... - w/c 20/4/20

🔎 Look who... 

w/c 20/4/20 

What a busy bunch you have been! A big thank you to the children and parents who have shared the activities and work they have completed at home.  It really brings to a smile to us all as we miss you terribly.

Enjoy the sun this weekend, stay safe, be ready and rested for Monday!

Below is a round-up of the resources shared this week via Facebook, just in case you fancy getting creative or doing something a little different.

Summary of resources shared this week

Age Range
WellbeingThe Happiness ProjectAll
MathsMaths PartyRec+
National CurriculumBBC BitesizeY1+
NewspaperFirst NewsY3+

Thursday 23 April 2020


Good morning everyone.  Here are the answers to Wednesday's GENERAL KNOWLEDGE quiz.

1)   168                 
2)   Green          
3)   New York             
4)   Bonjour             
5)   100               
6)   Asia        
7)   Sweden   
8)   Red and Yellow           
9)   England      
10) Apple

True or False?
False (2 hours 19 minutes and 17 seconds)

True of False?
False (58)

True of False?
True (£2.63 + £2.37 = £5.00)

Today's quiz is a General Knowledge and Films quiz.

1)   What is the national flower of Wales?        
2)   Which musical instrument can have 47 strings and 7 pedals? 
3)   Which sign of the zodiac is represented by an object, as opposed to a person or animal?    
4)   In Roman numerals, which letter of the alphabet represents 500?
5)   How many events are there in a heptathlon?   
6)   Was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom the first or second film in the series? 
7)   In which film does Remy the rat aspire to be a chef?   
8)   In which film series would you find Hiccup and Toothless?     
9)   In the Minions film, what is the name of the world's first ever supervillainess?      
10) What colour is Superman's cape? 

True or False?
If you add up all the numbers between 1 and 10 the answer is 50

True or False?
There are five numbers between 30 and 50 that can be divided by 7 without leaving a remainder

True or False?
Two thousand five hundred is 10 times larger than 25​​​​

Wednesday 22 April 2020

A message from Mr McLucas

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you and your families are all well. I just wanted to get in touch over a couple of things:-

Firstly, thank you for being so supportive of the school and engaging with our virtual school activities. Now that we are getting more skilled at using Google Classroom, the teachers are developing activities which lend themselves to home-learning. Teachers are working hard to respond to children’s work online. Please call the office or send an email if you have any difficulties with online learning. If you find other exciting educational activities online please get in touch using the year group email address.  I have asked teachers to give families in their classes a call over the next couple of weeks to make sure everything is going well in these unusual times.

Secondly, we do realise that for some of our families, the current situation is causing financial difficulties. If your situation has changed significantly and you have started receiving government benefits you may well be able to apply for Free School Meals (FSM). You can do this online and new applications are being processed.  Please let the school know if you are successful in applying so that we can change our records.  Families who are eligible for FSM can apply for food vouchers which can be used at supermarkets.

The voucher system is new to everyone and seems to have some serious teething problems. Vouchers for the whole country are administered by one private company and the actual scale of the scheme is totally overloading its computer system. Please be assured that the school has done all the paperwork we are required to do, members of the senior leadership team were still trying to log voucher requests at 10pm one night!. The school is here to support you if you still haven’t received your vouchers by the end of the week but there is very little else the school can do once the application is in the system. If you are struggling financially while you are waiting for vouchers then please do get in touch with the school office as we are able to provide food parcels in the meantime.

In these troubled times you may be wondering how you can help other families in our local community who might be struggling. Can I suggest that a good way of helping locally is to contact our local food bank, You can help by donating food, money, or your time as a volunteer. Their contact details are:

Unit 1, Guardian Business Centre
Faringdon Avenue
Harold Hill
Essex  RM3 8FD

Best wishes,
Jim McLucas


Good morning everyone.  Here are the answers to Tuesday's SPORT quiz.

1)   One under par               
2)   15        
3)   Black and white chequered                  
4)   America              
5)   Gold                
6)   180             
7)   Dance workout to music   
8)   3             
9)   Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Black       
10) The Queen

True or False?

True of False?
False (it is one fifth of an hour)

True of False?

Today's quiz is a General Knowledge quiz.

1)   How many hours are there in seven days?       
2)   What colour do you get if you mix blue and yellow together?   
3)   In which American city is the Statue of Liberty located?       
4)   How do you say 'hello' in French?   
5)   How many years are there in a century?    
6)   Which continent is India in?   
7)   Which is the largest Scandinavian country?   
8)   Which two colours make up the flag of Spain?     
9)   What country is the River Thames in?     
10) Which company produced the ipod? 

True or False?
When you change 8357 seconds to hours, minutes and seconds, your answer is 2 hours, 19 minutes and 16 seconds.

True or False?
The difference between half of 366 and a quarter of 500 is 56

True or False?​​​
£2.73, £2.54, £2.37, £2.36, £2.63 - You can add two of these amounts of money together to equal £5.00

Tuesday 21 April 2020

14. It's Quiz Time! SPORT

Good afternoon quiztastic people!  Here are the answers to Monday's ENTERTAINMENT quiz.

1)   Fiona            
2)   Elsa        
3)   Dalmations               
4)   Billy Elliot              
5)   Zayn, Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam             
6)   Manny           
7)   Jacqueline Wilson 
8)   Up             
9)   Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezey, Grumpy, Dopey and Bashful           
10) Writing's On The Wall

Can You Guess?

Who Am I?
Prince Harry

Today's quiz is all about Sport.

1)   What does the term birdie mean in a game of golf?      
2)   How many red balls are there on the table at the beginning of a game of snooker?   
3)   Which flag is waved in motor racing to show the winner?     
4)   Which country invented volleyball?    
5)   What colour is the centre of the target in archery?   
6)   In a game of darts, what is the highest possible scoring using three darts?   
7)   What is zumba?   
8)   How many holes are there in a bowling ball used in tenpin bowling?     
9)   What are the colours of the five Olympic rings?   
10) Which chess piece holds the highest value?

True or False?
If you divide £27.81 between two people so that one gets twice as much as the other, the one who receives the most gets £18.54

True or False?
Twelve minutes is one sixth of an hour

True or False?​​
9 x 9 + 9 + 99 gives the same answer as 8 x 8 + 8 + 88 + 29

Monday 20 April 2020

13. It's Quiz Time! ENTERTAINMENT

Good morning QUIZZERS!

Teams to the ready?!

Here are the answers to Friday's SPORT AND LEISURE quiz.

1)   Wembley          
2)   Swimming        
3)   Conkers                 
4)   A Puck                 
5)   Brazil            
6)   Sir Steve Redgrave         
7)   Cycling   
8)   The Grand National               
9)   Denmark         
10) A Spare
11) Old Trafford
12) 18
13) McLaren (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)
14) A Wiimote
15)​ The Bishop

Today's quiz is all about Entertainment.

1)   What is the name of Shrek's wife?    
2)   What is Ana's sister called in Frozen? 
3)   Which breed of dog did Cruella de Vil menace? 
4)   Which film and musical is about a miner's son who wishes to become a ballet dancer?    
5)   Can you name all 5 original members of One Direction?   
6)   What is the name of the mammoth in the Ice Age movies?  
7)   Who wrote the Tracy Beaker books?   
8)   Which Disney Pixar film tells the story of the elderly widower Carl Fredrickson?   
9)   Can you name all of Snow White's seven dwarfs?    
10) What is the name of Sam Smith's Bond theme song?

Did You Know?
Archbishop Isidore of Seville was declared the patron saint of the internet in 1997

Can You Guess?
Which small human organ looks like a bean?
Clue: We have two of them

Who Am I?​
I helped to set up the Invictus Games.  I'm famous for my red hair.  My real name is actually Henry, but lots of people know me by a different name.

Reception School Places 2020 - A warm welcome to Broadford

Children starting school in September 2020

A warm welcome to all families that have been offered a Reception place for their child at Broadford Primary School. Thank you for choosing Broadford. We look forward to your child starting their school journey with us in September and getting to know them as the wonderful individuals that they are!

As a school, we are committed to smooth and timely transitions that allow each child to settle in, get to know their teachers and make new friends. We believe parents and carers play a key role in this transition so you too can feel reassured that your children are safe and happy. We can only imagine that during this time of uncertainty, the natural worries and anxieties that occur when children are about to start school are increased. However, please let us reassure you that we are planning ways in which we can prepare your child and give them the best possible start to school.

Starting school is a milestone for both you and your child. It is a time to be celebrated. Whilst we understand that current measures make this more difficult, we will do everything we can to ensure it stays that way and is a positive experience for everyone. We will be in touch over the summer term (once all places have been confirmed) to inform you of our plans. Please refer to the Local Authority guidance below to ensure you accept your place by 30th April 2020.

At Broadford, we aim to build excellent relationships between home and school. Whilst this may start off as more of a virtual relationship, this remains a priority for us. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

For now, please keep an eye on our Facebook page (just Google Broadford Primary School) and website, where we will update you with regular information regarding our school:

We look forward to meeting you all in the coming months.

Guidance from the Local Authority

  • Parents/carers will have received an email during the evening of the 16 April 2020 advising them of the school they have been offered. 
  • Parents/carers will also be advised in the email to log back onto the eAdmissions website to accept or decline the school offered by the 30 April 2020. 
  • In the event that Parents/carers are unable to view the outcome of their application online, they can contact the School Admissions team by telephone or e-mail from 17 April 2020. 
  • Accepting or declining an offer, Havering strongly recommends that all parents/carers accept the school place offered. 
  • Accepting a school place does not prejudice the chances of being offered a higher preference later on in the process as the child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting list for the schools listed higher than the school offered. 
  • In the event that parents/carers are offered a lower preference school, Havering will automatically place children on a waiting list for higher preference schools. The child’s name will automatically remain on the waiting list for first Academic term (3 September 2020 to 18 December 2020) unless a parent advises the Havering School Admissions Team to remove them from the list/s. 
  • The Havering School Admissions Team holds and maintains the waiting lists for all schools in Havering apart from those that require a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). 

Summer Term 2020

Summer Term 2020 Welcome back to our virtual Summer term. I hope you and your families are safe and are bearing up during these tough and concerning times. It has never been as important as it is now for us all to work together as one community, supporting each other and ensuring the most important thing we do, our purpose - education, at Broadford, does not suffer. Education As mentioned before, ‘education’ at Broadford Primary School has never solely been based on the National Curriculum but also on life skills and experiences such as cooking, gardening, learning through play and it is absolutely wonderful to see all the things you have been getting up to at home. Thank you to all the families who have shared photographs and have sent messages; we really do love receiving them! Teachers and staff will continue to set work as they did before the Easter Holidays. Keep an eye on the blog, year group blog and Facebook for updates. We are now in our fourth week of lock-down to try and curb the spread of Covid-19 and many of us - children, parents and carers, school staff alike - may be feeling overwhelmed and worried. As it stands, the future is unknown as we do not know how long the current measures will be in place, how many people will be affected and what life will be like when it does end. Hope But among all the sadness there is hope. So many communities, people and businesses are doing their bit to make the world a little brighter, a little better for others. This can be seen from the Facebook community pages where residents are helping each other, volunteers are supporting the vulnerable and those shielding, people are clapping and banging their saucepans to show their gratitude at 8pm on Thursdays to our front-line workers, school staff are producing visors for the NHS and all of us who are making sacrifices and staying at home in an attempt to stop this virus from spreading. Our pupils Teamwork. Kindness. Care. Evidence of these are all around us; it is important to take note and focus on these. It is no mistake that these are linked to our 4Rs: Resilience, Reciprocity, Reflectiveness and Resourcefulness. Broadford children have developed these skills every day at school and it is important to recognise that these are the skills that are making a difference to people’s lives today. There is a message floating around Facebook and its sentiments are so very fitting at this time. It reads something like this: do not become too overwhelmed with school work. When schools do eventually reopen, teachers will focus on the school learning and ensure that our teaching responds to the needs of your children. Right now, the focus should be well-being; yours and your children so we all need to work together to get through this; you are not alone. We are an email, a phone call or a Facebook message away so please reach out.

Have a wonderful week and stay safe.

Sunday 19 April 2020

🔎🔎🔎 Look Who!

Look at all the amazing things you have been up to over the Easter Holidays!

We have seen: cooking and baking, Lego Challenge, gardening and growing, Easter craft, reading, camouflage challenge, rainbow making, spelling practice and so much more!

Well done, and keep sharing your photographs, we really do love to see what you are up to!

Friday 17 April 2020

12. It's Quiz Time! SPORTS AND LEISURE

Good day quizzers!  Here are the answers to Thursday's SCIENCE quiz.

1)   Nitrogen         
2)   A meteorologist              
3)   Float                
4)   Smell, Sight, Hearing, Taste and Touch               
5)   Hair and Nails          
6)   In the ears         
7)   2   
8)   Phobos and Deimos             
9)   Pluto           
10) Cactus

True or False?
False (90 minutes)

True or False?

True or False?
False (26.3)

Today's quiz is all about Sport and Leisure.

1)   What is the name of the football stadium where England play home matches and the FA and Capital One Cup Finals are also played?     
2)   Crawl, backstroke and butterfly are different styles in which sport?       
3)   Which game is played in Autumn using the fruit of the horse chestnut tree?   
4)   What is the object hit by the players in ice hockey called?   
5)   With five victories to date, what team has won the Fifa World Cup the most times?   
6)   Which British rower won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games?   
7)   Which sport takes place in a velodrome?    
8)   Which famous horse race is run at Aintree on a Saturday in Spring (cancelled this year though!)?  
9)   From what country does Lego come?   
10) What term in tenpin bowling describes having knocked all the pins down after your second bowl?
11​) What is the name of Manchester United's home ground?
12) How many holes are there on a standard golf course?
13) With which Formula 1 team did Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button drive in 2010?
14) With which video game controller is a Nunchuk used as an add-on?
15) Which chess piece can only move diagonally?

Check back on Monday for today's answers and another quiz.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday 16 April 2020

11. It's Quiz time! SCIENCE

Good morning, quizzers!  Here are the answers to Wednesday's ANIMALS quiz.

1)   Pen         
2)   Black/Blue            
3)   Female Fox               
4)   Dam                
5)   An animal that feeds on plants          
6)   No, they don't have eyelids        
7)   Kid 
8)   Hair             
9)   Ostrich        
10) 4

True or False?
False (they add to 42)

Who Am I?
Andy Murray

Today's quiz is all about Science.

1)   What is the main element found in the air we breathe?   
2)   What is the name of a person who studies the weather?   
3)   Does ice sink or float in water?   
4)   What are the 5 human senses?   
5)   Which two parts of the body continue to grow for your entire life?   
6)   Where is the smallest bone in your body?   
7)   How many moons does the planet Mars have?   
8)   Can you name these moons?   
9)   Which dwarf planet shares the same name as a famous Disney dog?   
10) What 'C' is a prickly plant that grows in the desert? 

True or False?
Jane calculated that in one and a half minutes there are 70 seconds.

True or False?
June had to catch a train at 1430 hours.  The time now is 0800 hours.  Peter said June had six and a half hours to wait.

True or False?​
If 263 is made 10 times smaller, the answer would be 2.63

Wednesday 15 April 2020

10. It's Quiz Time! ANIMALS

Quiz teams ready?!  Here are the answers to Tuesday's WORLD quiz.

1)   Canberra           
2)   France           
3)   Spain             
4)   Italy              
5)   A Boot        
6)   Disneyland Paris     
7)   Brazil    
8)   Athens                
9)   Greenland          
10) 53 (54 including transcontinental Egypt)

True or False?
False (The area is 4 times bigger)

True or False?
False (There would be 50 dogs altogether including the original dog)

True or False?

Today's quiz is all about Animals.

1)   What is a female swan called?    
2)   What colour is a giraffe's tongue?   
3)   What is a vixen?   
4)   What is a beaver's home called?   
5)   What is a herbivore? 
6)   Can fish close their eyes?     
7)   What is a baby goat called?      
8)   What is a rhino's horn made from?   
9)   Which animal lays the largest egg?   
10) How many stomachs does a sheep have?

Did You Know?
A slice of the Queen and Prince Philip's wedding cake, dating back to 1947, was sold for £500 in 2015!

True or False?
All the dots/numbers on a pair​ of dice add up to 43

Who Am I?​
I'm a professional sports star.  My brother competes in the same sport as me.  My mum has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

Tuesday 14 April 2020

🐣🐣 Week 2 Easter Challenge

Easter Challenge - WEEK 2

Work might not be set over the Easter Holidays but that is no excuse for not using your time wisely so let's have some fun!

Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to complete 5 of the following tasks by the end of the second week.  They can be completed in ANY ORDER and require nothing that you do not have in your home.

Challenge 1
Have a kindness day.  Carry out three acts of kindness.  Share with us what you did.

Challenge 2
Complete the daily quiz.  You will find it blogged and shared on Facebook.

Challenge 3
Camouflage yourself in your house.  Take a picture of you camouflage against a background and then another of you stepping away from your chosen background.  This will take imagination!

Challenge 4
Get spotted reading in some weird and wonderful ways at home! Share, share, share!

Challenge 5
Go on an indoor scavenger hunt.

Challenge 6
Get artistic.  You don't have to use dinosaurs if they are not your 'thing' but pick a set of objects and draw their outlines.  Fingers crossed the sun shows itself!

If you want to share photographs, please send them via Facebook as we cannot wait to see what you get up to!

9. It's Quiz Time! THE WORLD

Good morning.  I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.

Here are the answers to the EASTER quiz:
1)   Lent
2)   1875
3)   Hop
4)   California, USA
5)   In the Pacific Ocean (a territory of Chile, South America)
6)   Hot Cross Buns and Fish
The anagrams:
10) EGGS
11) HUNT
Logical puzzle 1:
Long Ears - Red - 1st place
Jumper - Yellow - 2nd place
Mrs Littlenose - Blue - 3rd place
Mr Hop - Green - 4th place
Logical puzzle 2:
Mrs Littlenose - Green - Gold Coins - 1st place
Jumper - Red - Chocolate Candy - 2nd place
Mr Hop - Blue - Marshmallows - 3rd place
Long Ears - Yellow - Jelly Beans - 4th place

Now for today's quiz, which is all about The World.

1)   What city is the capital of Australia?
2)   'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) is the motto of which country?
3)   Which country's currency was the Peseta before the Euro was introduced?
4)   Which country's flag represents hope, faith and charity, with their colours green, white and red?
5)   On the world map, the country of Italy looks like which item of clothing?
6)   What is the most visited place in Europe?
7)   What is the biggest country in South America?
8)   40% of the Greek population live in its capital.  What is the city called?
9)   What is the biggest island in the world?
10) How many countries are there in Africa?

True or False?
Draw any size square.  Now double the length of its sides.  Its area will be doubled.

True or False?
My dog had 7 puppies.  The next year each of these puppies had 6 puppies.  If I kept them all, I would have 49 dogs altogether.

True or False?
Katie is one of a line of girls.  There are five girls on her right and seven girls on her left.  There are 13 girls in the line.​