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Sunday 24th May 2020


Good morning, I hope you are all okay.

So, here is half term and as promised I've put together a gallery of work and some activities for you to do if you fancy doing some work to keep you occupied, in lockdown. 

I will send some messages this week, just to check in, but not everyday. I will be busy planning our amazing topic, for next term; writing reports and planning for some of us to return to school soon.

The song I've sent you today is one of my favourites (I know I say that a lot, but I have loads of favourites, and when you been listening to records for as long as I have, they tend to build up!)

It's a song by a very famous song writing duo called Bacherach and David but has been recorded by one of my favourite artists called Jim O'Rourke. Jim O'Rourke was responsible for a lot of the guitar playing in the film School of Rock, for anyone whose interested.



Something Big by Jim O'Rourke


Like a grain of sand
That wants to be
A rolling stone
I want to be the man
I'm not,
And have the things
I really haven't got
And that's a lot

There'll be joy
And there'll be laughter.
Something big is what I'm after now
Yes, it's what I'm after now

After taking, take up giving,
Something big is what I'm living for
Yes, it's what I'm living for
Living for

Why must I go on
And fill my life with little things
When there are big things I must do
And lots of dreams
That really should come true
Before I'm through.


Stay safe, Mr Brown.

Hugo's lockdown song

Friday 22nd May 2020


Good morning class 2. Well the weather couldn't be more different today! Ive woken up to grey and wet, at least the garden will be pleased.

I have, again loved seeing your amazing work this week, I will put it all into a gallery for you to see, on Sunday. I can't believe that it's half term already! the term has been a short one but it's gone so fast.

I will send some things on Sunday, for you to choose to do, if you want to, over half term. I'll be spending half term planning for what school is going to look like, when we start to have some of our children back. I still think we are a long way off normal, but it's a start.

The song I am sending you today is a rousing anthem; It's a song to sing along to; it's a song that should make you feel awake and full of life. It's called Wake up and is by a band called Arcade Fire. Some of you may know it, if you've seen the film Where the wild things are. See how it makes you feel. Would you put it on your playlist? Can you sing along?

So our next topic is going to be equally exciting, I am looking forward to it, a lot and I know you are all going to enjoy it. 

Speak soon. Mr Brown.


Wake Up by Arcade Fire


Somethin' filled up
My heart with nothing
Someone told me not to cry

Now that I'm older
My heart's colder
And I can see that it's a lie

Children wake up
Hold your mistake up
Before they turn the summer into dust

If the children don't grow up
Our bodies get bigger
But our hearts get torn up

We're just a million
Little God's causin' rainstorms
Turning every good thing to rust

I guess we'll just have to adjust

With my lighning bolts a glowing
I can see where I am going…

Thursday 21st May 2020


Hello, what a wonderful day we had, yesterday. I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine, whilst listening to your play lists. I've been using lockdown to teach myself the ukulele, which is coming along quite well. It's very different to playing the guitar and the bass guitar, but lots of fun. 

We are all inspired by Grayson Perry's art club here. Grayson Perry is a British artist, who usually works in ceramics. He and his wife have an art club on channel 4, and encourage the great British public to create art and he's going to make an exhibition, when all of this is over. Mr Brown jnr has been drawing trees; little miss Brown has been painting portraits, of her favourite pop stars and Mrs Brown has been painting flowers. I have been painting birds, using the iPad, its all great fun and its great to be creative in these strange times.

I have sent you a soul song today. I was looking back at our playlist and realised I hadn't sent you any Soul music, which will never do.


Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz.


Stay safe, Mr Brown.

Wednesday 20th May 2020


Good Morning and what a lovely sunny day, it is turning out to be, today.

It's definitely got louder here in Tealby, over the last week or so. Lots more cars, motorbikes and work noises, than there were. That is why I love this time of the morning, when all you can hear are the birds singing and Luna snoring! 

I have listened to a lot of songs, this morning, trying to get the right one, so many songs so little time.

I have chosen 'Road to nowhere" by a band called 'Talking heads.' It's a quirky song from the 1980s. Can you hear any instruments you wouldn't normally hear in a rock song? Listen to the rhythm, does the beat change? Would the song be the same without it?



Word of the day: bewitch (verb) 

Definition :to attract or interest them a lot, so that you have power over them.

The young knight was bewitched by the beauty of the princess. He would do anything she asked.

Synonym : charm.


Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine. Mr Brown.

Tuesday 19th May 2020


Hello, how are you all getting on? Okay I hope.


We are okay in the Brown household, ticking along. I hope you are enjoying our final week of Playlist. You can, of course, keep doing any of these lessons during half term. The joy of putting them on here, is that you can scroll back, and complete anything you've missed.

The song I'm sending you today has been played quite a lot recently, for the NHS, who are defiantly heroes. It's by a  very important singer/songwriter called David Bowie, who had been releasing songs since the 1960s. This song came out in the 1970s but became very famous, when he played it at the Live Aid concert (1985), which was a big live event put on to raise money for the poor in Ethiopia. Live aid was shown around the world and raised millions.

So, when listening to Heroes, think about those people, who are working tirelessly, through this crisis, putting their lives at risk in order to keep us safe.

When listening to this song how does it make you feel? does it make you think positively? Listen closely to the music, what do you think is making the sounds you can hear? How do those sounds add to the track? 

I've also added a little lesson on mountains, just so we can reminisce, and remember what we learned way back when, before Christmas, which seems like a very long time ago now! 



Word of the Day : vulnerable (adjective)

Definition: exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed.

The fifth platoon were vulnerable after the enemies latest attack.

Synonym : endangered.

Antonym : well protected.


Monday 18th May 2020


Good morning. Happy Monday!


I hope everyone is okay.

Well we've come to the last week of playlist, I know, where does the time go?

So lots for you todo this week. I'll still be sending you songs, for you to add to your playlists, and some other things along the way. Please keep sending me your work. I love seeing them and they are all wonderful.

The song I am sending you today is by my all time favourite band. They have a strange name and they aren't even a band really, just one man, Matt Johnson, and lots of different musicians. They are called The The and this song is about our planet, and how beautiful it is and we need to save it.



Lonely Planet by The The


Planet Earth is slowing down
Overseas, underground
Wherever you look around
Lord, take me by the hand
Lead me through these desert sands
To the shores of a promised land.

You make me start when you look into my heart
And see me for who I really am.

If you can't change the world. Change yourself.
If you can't change the world. Change yourself.

I didn't care if the sun didn't shine
& the rain didn't fall from the sky
I just cared about myself
From this world to the next
And from the next back to this.
By our actions we are bound.
We're running out of love
Running out of hate
Running out of space for the human race.
Planet Earth is slowing down.

You make me cry when you look into my eyes.
And see me for who I really am.

If you can't change the world. Change yourself.
If you can't change the world. Change yourself.
And if you can't change yourself....change the world.

I'm in love with the planet I'm standing on
I can't stop
I can't stop thinking of
All the people I've ever loved
All the people I have lost
All the people I'll never know
All the feelings I've never shown.
The world's too big. And life's too short.
To be alone...To be alone. 


Word of the Day : nauseating (adjective)

Definition: making someone feel sick or


The stench coming from the farmyard was nauseating.

Synonym : sickening.


Stay safe Mr Brown.

week 5 message from Mr Brown.

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Some of our work from this week.

Sunday 17th May 2020


Well Hello and happy Sunday. 

I hope you are enjoying your warmish weekend.

I rescued a baby bird yesterday. I could hear a kerfuffle in the utility and saw Luna standing between the cat and a small shape tucked into a corner. I didn't give it much hope, but when I picked it up it sat in my hand blinking, in shock, but not harmed at all. I took it to little miss Brown, who has helped me to rescue many tiny furry and feathered things over the years and we gave it some food and put it carefully outside, high up away from danger. We checked in on it and it flew away.

The song I'm sending you today is perfect for a Sunday morning. It's by a band from the 1960s that are called The Mamas and Papas. Its a much older song, that they covered, but their version is the one that most people remember.

Enjoy, stay safe, Mr Brown.

Saturday 16th May 2020


Good morning happy Saturday. It looks like its going to be a lovely sunny weekend. We'll have to see how busy it gets in the village today!

I hope you've got on with your work this week, I've certainly loved seeing it. I can't believe that this is the last week of our playlist topic! It will be half term this time next week.

I absolutely loved seeing the year 4s ( and added siblings.) It was a fantastic video! Thank you to Kitty's Dad for doing that, brilliant.

I'm sending you a relaxing song to go with a sunny day, one of my favourites. What do you think? What musical instruments can you hear? Is the song always calm and relaxing? 

Stay safe, Mr Brown

Friday 15th May 2020


Good Morning all, is everybody is okay?

Well, it looks to be another sunny day, it always feels better when the sun is shining. 

I hope you are enjoying the cover versions this week? I am always fascinated when people cover other peoples songs, at how different they make them. Sometimes, it's barely the same song. I've sent you a very early 1980's song today, which is all produced on synthesisers and drum machines. It is by a band called Depeche Mode who are from England, and are very big in electronic music. The cover version is very different, it's not got a synthesiser in sight, is done in a Bosa nova style and sung by a lady with a French accent, very different. What sounds and instruments can you hear? Which song do you enjoy the most? Apart from the words, what do the songs have in common?



Word of the Day : troglodyte (noun)

someone who lives in a cave /

someone who is deliberately ignorant or old-fashioned.

The children thought the teacher was a total troglodyte, all he ever used was worksheets and the blackboard.


Stay safe, Mr Brown

Thursday 14th May 2020


Good morning. I hope everybody, out there, is doing okay?

Well, stage one of the lifting of lockdown happened yesterday. It did seem a little busier on the roads and there were slightly more people around in the village. Little miss Brown was allowed to go for a walk with her friend, at a two metre distance, and some people were allowed back to work.

I saw Kitty, briefly, as she came to pick up a new exercise book, it was great to see all of the work she had been doing.

I got some lyrics back yesterday, they were all amazing, so inventive. I can imagine us, in class singing them and enjoying how you'd changed the original words to something different and more personal. I'll put them in the gallery over the weekend and you can sing them at home.

The songs I'm sending today are, again, is the same song but different. It's called fell in love with a girl and the original is by a band called the White Stripes. They are a duo, and I've sent the video for you to watch because it's fab and all made out of lego! It might be something to try and replicate at home as it looks like the makers of it had lots of fun. The second version is by Joss Stone , and is very different. What can you hear? how have the changed it? which do you prefer?



Word of the Day : temporary (adj/noun)

lasting for a limited period of time/ a person who is employed on a temporary basis.

The pressure of SATs was only temporary...or was it? 

Synonym : fleeting.

Antonym : permanent.


Stay safe Mr Brown.

Wednesday 13th May 2020


Good morning, I hope you are all well.

I am loving seeing your examples of jazz art, you are producing some very interesting patterns, they are great. Remember that if you want to re-enact some album covers, you still can. As always, it's great to hear from you.

Today I am going to get you to listen to two versions of the same song, and compare them, today. The beauty of songs is, you can interpret them in many different ways. Yesterday, by the Beatles, has been covered 1600 times, and no I've not heard every version!

See what differences you can hear between these two versions of the same song. What is similar, how different are they? Which version do you prefer? 



Word of the Day : malleable (adj)
Definition: easily hammered into a new shape / easily influenced.

The teacher believed her new class would be extremely malleable and would meet her expectations.

Synonym : workable.

Antonym : hard.

Stay safe, Mr Brown

Tuesday 12th May 2020


Good morning all. I hope you are okay.

Well, we did our family quiz yesterday. It was Little miss Brown and my turn to host. We did a song lyric and nursery rhyme round and a family answer smash, where the questions had two answers- one a member of the family and another that could smash into their name to produce a made up word, great fun.

So the song I am sending you today is one of my favourites. It's by a man called Damon, who is in a band called Blur and another band called Gorillaz, You may have heard of him? He was traveling and recording in Africa when he came to a village called Mkomazi in Tanzania. One morning, in the village arrived a baby elephant. The villages looked and looked for his mother, but they couldn't find her anywhere, so the villagers adopted him, and called him Mr Tembo ( Tembo is Tanzanian for elephant.)

Damon got to know Mr Tembo, and helped look after him. So he wrote a song about Mr Tembo, for his daughter, Missy, back home in England.

In the video, you can see Damon performing the song and some footage of Mr Tembo, running around the village, it's very sweet. Damon used traditional African sounds and an African choir in the song.

What do you think? Can you hear the verses and the chorus? Does the song have a bridge?


Injili, Injili
Can I sing with you
'Bout Mr. Tembo and what he's got to do
But first I'm going back to the cote d'ivro
To find the mission and help him with his luck


Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned


Injili, Injili
We will sing with you
Just like the T.V
In Mr. Tembo's room
Off the emphatic night
He checked in on his own
At Mkombozi Inn and
Made it his home


Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned



Injili, Injili
We will sing to you
'Bout Mr. Tembo
And what he's going through
Gets up early
While you are still in bed
Mr. Tembo, green blanket by his head


Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned


The 264 is gulf, bungalow, styles, canals, cows, haybells
Telegraph wires, pylon power
Farmhouse over chimneys still used
Stone, satellites, football, pictures, favorite flags, and lots of dogs
Neon cross on top of a block of slates on a church, not as usual


Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned


KS2 Word of the Day

Word of the Day: propaganda (noun)

Definition: information that is misleading to promote point of view.

Don't believe the hype, it's all propaganda!

Synonym : publicity.


Have a great day! Mr Brown.

Monday 11th May 2020


Good morning. Well it's the start of another new week, the birds are singing, and we are ready to go.

I was wondering why, when you record a message for your class, the video always pauses on a very unflattering point, which then becomes the first image, everybody sees! 

The song I am sending you today is a particular favourite of mine, it's called teardrop and has been covered by many people, but this is the original. it's an example of a genre of music called trip hop, it's like gentle dance music. Listen to the instruments, how is it being sung? 



Teardrop by Massive Attack

Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath
Gentle impulsion
Shakes me, makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

Night, night of matter
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Of a confession
Fearless on my…


Word of the Day : ecstasy (noun)
Description: an overwhelming feeling of great happiness of joyful excitement.

There was a look of ecstasy on the pupil’s face, as he saw an elephant for the first time.

Synonym : euphoria.

Antonym : misery.


Stay safe, Mr Brown


Mr Brown's weekly message.

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Class two's wonderful work.

Sunday 10th May 2020



Well, the weather's certainly changed today! We now have lots of wet bunting around the village. On the bright side, it's good for the garden. So it's the end of another week. I will be busy today, thinking of work for you all, to dazzle me with later in the week. I also need to create a gallery of work, that you have sent me. wonderful, I'd better crack on.

Speak soon, Mr Brown.


The sun and the rain by Madness


t's raining again,
I'm hearing its pitter patter down.
It's wet in the street
Reflecting the lights and splashing feet,
Nowhere to go,
And nothing I have to do, have to do.

It's raining again,
I follow the Christmas lights down town.
I'm leaving the flow
Of people walking all around,
Round and round,

I hear the sound of rain falling in my ears
Washing away the weariness like tears.
I can feel my troubles running down,
Disappear into the silent sound.

Just walking along,
My clothes are soaked right through to the skin,
I haven't a doubt, that this is what life is all about,
The sun and the rain.
Scraps of paper(???) washing down the drain.

I feel the rain falling on my face
I can say there is no better place
Than standing up in the falling down
In so much rain I could almost drown.

It's raining again
A crack in the clouds reveals blue skies
I've been feeling so low(low)
But now everything is on my side
The sun and the rain.
Walk with me fill my heart again

I hear the rain falling in my ears
Washing away the weariness like tears.
I can feel my troubles running down,
Disappear into the silent sound.

I feel the rain falling on my face
I can say there is no better place
Than standing up in the falling down
In so much rain I could almost drown.

Do de do do de do do do
Do de do de do de do do do



Saturday 9th May 2020



I hope you all had an enjoyable V.E day and stayed safe. The bunting around the village looked amazing. 

I have continued to hear from lots of you, which is fantastic. I will put a gallery of album covers, festivals and other photos, up on here for Monday. You can still create and do any of the activities you want to and send them in.

So I thought I'd send you some dance music, as its the weekend. This is a song by Fatboy slim and it's video shows Christopher Walked, a Hollywood actor, dancing and flying around an office. Dance music has to have a very good rhythm and beat, to keep you dancing. This type of music often uses samples from other peoples songs, mixed together to create the music.


Stay safe, Mr Brown

Friday 8th May 2020


Good morning, I hope you are all okay.

Well, today would have been a day off school. The bank holiday Monday was changed, by the Queen no less, so we could celebrate V.E day, today. It is 75 years since the end of the second world war in Europe. It is a day for us to remember all of those people who fought for our freedom, who sacrificed themselves, so we could be free.

The song I'm sending you today is a very famous song, from 75 years ago, that was sung by people to help them get through the war. Its words are very significant today. There is bunting all around the village today, as a small celebration of V.E day, because in our tricky times we can't have the street parties and get togethers, that we had planned.


Well Meet Again  Vera Lynn


We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won't be long
They'll be happy to know 
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

We'll meet again
Don't know where 
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through 
Just like you always do
'Til the blue skies 
Drive the dark…


Stay safe, Mr Brown

Thursday 7th May 2020


Good Morning.

Yesterday, on my walk with Luna, I was surprised to see, running towards me, a young deer. It ran up to me, quite close, saw me, and bolted off across the field, leaping the fences as though they weren't there. I guess that, as we are not seen as much as we used to be, nature is getting braver. 

So the song I've sent you today, is all about nature. It's a song by Paul McCartney, who was in the Beatles. He loved Rupert the bear, a comic strip character, and decided to write a song with him in mind. It's called the Frog chorus, and I've included the video because the two go together. Standing together is something we are doing now, in order to keep everyone safe and protect each other. Listen to the instruments, and voices that you can hear and think about the words, maybe you could sing along.



We all stand together by Paul McCartney.


Win or lose, sink or swim
One thing is certain we'll never give in
Side by side, hand in hand
We all stand together

Play the game, fight the fight
But what's the point on a beautiful night?
Arm in arm, hand in hand
We all stand together

Keeping us warm in the night
La la la la
Walk in the night
You'll get it right

Win or lose, sink or swim
One thing is certain we'll never give in
Side by side, hand in hand
We all stand together


Word of the Day : contemplate (verb)
Definition: to think about something in a deep way, something important.

The school council had to contemplate whether or not to buy new bins.

Synonym : think, deliberate.

Stay safe, Mr Brown

Wednesday 6th May 2020


Good morning, I hope you are okay.

Well, I've had some fantastic work sent over this week, I can't wait to put together our gallery of album covers and festivals, it's going to be a cracker!

I went into school yesterday. it's very sad and lonely to be there without all of you guys giving it it's soul. I went to plant the potatoes that we started with class 1. They were growing out of their bags, so I have planted them in one of the raised beds, in class 1's outdoor area. Hopefully, we'll all get to dig them up, when they are ready. So today we've got the blues. The Blues originated in the Deep South of the U.S.A at the turn of the last century. It was played mostly on guitar, sometimes on piano and sometimes with a harmonica, by people who were struggling, having a hard time. They didn't have much but played songs to tell of their hardship. Over the years it changed and mixed with gospel music and jazz and morphed into rock and roll. See what you think.

Stay safe, Mr Brown.


Word of the day: cripple (verb) 

Definition : cause someone to become unable to

walk / cause severe problem.

The pirates quickly crippled the ship’s engine.

Synonym : disable.

Antonym : boost.


Tuesday 5th May 2020


Good morning everybody, are you all okay?

I can see that you are all enjoying our topic, at the moment. Already this week, I have been lucky enough to share lots of your festival ideas and album covers. Keep them coming they are all brilliant, and make me beam from ear to ear. I am sending them all to Mrs Humberstone and Mrs Smith, and I know they are loving them too. It's strange to share one of my favourite things with you all, and not be all in the same room, but that's the power of music, it brings people together and makes them happy, whatever the situation.

The song I've sent you today is a country song. Now this is a very American type of music, it's massive over there. In this country we can bare some of it in small doses! Some people not at all. This is a song by one of my favourite bands, whose roots are in country, blues and rock and roll. This is a happy song and talks about being together someday soon. Here's hoping! Listen for the traditional country music instruments, the slide guitar, banjos and acoustic guitar.

See if you can find out how they make the slide guitar sound. 



Someday soon by Jeff Tweedy.


Wind will blow and the sun will shine
On that hill where we used to climb
I look in your eyes and you'll be mine
Someday soon

I won't even make a scene
That will be just like a dream
Cash is gonna flow down by the old mainstream
Someday soon

You don't know me, but I know you (you don't know me)
You have no idea what I do (what I do)
Make you mine and see you swoon
Someday soon…

Word of the day: rebuff (noun / verb) 

Definition : reject in an ungracious or abrupt


The head teacher rebuffed the children's requests for an extra break time..

Synonym : reject. 

Antonym : welcome.

Monday 4th May 2020


Good morning and welcome to a new week.

As you can see, I've sent you lots to be getting on with this week, but remember, you don't have to do it all at once, stretch it out over the week, finish some off next week if you like. Also if you find your looking for something else, look back over my daily blogs, there may be things you've missed. The most important thing is, not to worry about it, enjoy it, and do what you can.


The song I am sending today was sent to me by Sonny's mum. The singer and guitarist, Billy Bragg, was looking for ways to reach out to his grandchildren, whilst in lockdown, so he recorded this song as a bed time story. Wonderful.


Word of the day

rebuff (noun / verb) 

Definition : reject in an ungracious or abrupt


The head teacher rebuffed the children's requests for an extra break time..

Synonym : reject.

 Antonym : welcome.


Stay safe, Mr Brown.

Mr Brown's weekly message

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Sunday May 3rd 2020


Good morning, Happy Sunday.


I hope you are all well. So we come to the end of our pop music week. We are now in the 2010s. This id your decade, you will probably know more pop songs from this decade than I do! We have Adele, Happy by Pharrell Williams and Bruno Marrs. I've included Taylor Swift for you today, Its a great Pop song and I am sure you know It well. Who knows what is going to happen with pop music in the 2020s, That is the decade you will be teenagers and so the pop music will be just for you!

I've added a link for a poetry competition that you all might like. I know you are all very poetic and have written me some amazing poems, in the past. So give it ago!

Stay safe. Mr Brown

what we've been getting up to, this week.

Amelia's poem

Freddie's poem

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Saturday 2nd May 2020


Good morning. Well, the sun id shining lets hope it stays.

Well, on our Pop odyssey we are now into the 2000s. This is the decade of Beyonce, Outkast and unfortunately, James Blunt. the song I am sending you today is by Kylie. She became a very famous pop star in the 1980s, but this is one of her biggest hits, that came out in 2001. How does it make you feel? Does it make you want to dance? Will you be adding it to your playlist?


Word of the Day : applause (noun)

Definition: approval or praise expressed by


The applause from the crowd was deafening. 

Synonym : cheer.

Antonym : boo.

Stay safe, Mr Brown.

Friday 1st May 2020


Hello, everyone alright? good.

I'll start with a message from Kitty, she told me yesterday that TT rockstars have changed their costumes, so you can now be a doctor or a nurse, in support of the NHS. Brilliant. Also have you seen what Tilly has been doing? Inspired by Mrs Humberstone's message, and Colonel Tom, she is doing a marathon, around her garden, in 5 days. Great work Tilly. I've sent you all Lyla's powerpoint on music genres today, its brilliant! Lyla you even got in shoe gazing which was a particularly favourite of mine when I was younger, great work. I am going to collect all of the work that you have been sending me and put it into a gallery, for us all to share. I am also pleased to tell you that I'm back on Education city, as me! Its taken a while because of the way the world works, at the moment, but you'll find some maths and some science as well.

So on to the 90s. Pop music was dominated by girl and boy bands like Take that and the Spice girls. Right said Fred hit the top of the charts and there was the famous feud between Oasis and Blur. I've included the song Never ever by the girl group All saints and Lovefool by the cardigans. Which do you prefer? Do these songs sound like pop songs from the past? Do they sound like pop songs from today?

What instruments can you hear? 

Enjoy, stay safe

Mr Brown


Word of the Day penultimate (adj) 

definition: last but one, second last.

Lewis Hamilton began the penultimate lap in first place!

Thursday 30th April 2020


Hello, good morning.

Well that's April nearly done! What will May bring?

I hope you are all doing okay, out there.

I've been learning new skills, how to colour and cut hair. Don't worry, I won't be changing careers, I wasn't the best at it, and little miss Brown had to take over!  We got there together and no-one in the house has wonky, pink hair (yet!).

So now we are on to the 1980s, a very good decade for Pop music. We had lots of electronic  instruments in the 80s, synthesisers, electric drums and sampling. We had New Romantics, Stock, Akin and Waterman and jingly, jangly indie rock, and you also had Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. 

If you look at the 80s you will see lots of vivid colours, lots of strange dances and some very wacky fashion choices! Ask your parents what their favourite 80s sounds were, you might like some of them and be able to add them to you playlist.

The 1980s is also when music videos became popular and very important for promoting pop songs. The song I've sent you today has a very popular music video that almost became as famous as the song itself.  The song is called 'Take on me" by a band , from Norway, called Aha. See what you think. Do you enjoy the song? Does the music video help the song, do the two go together? 

I've also added, today, a P.E game that Mrs Haslam sent me, see what you think.


Word of the Day : vigour
Definition : physical strength or good health /

energetic or enthusiasm.

The cartwheels were a sign of vigour and health. The warm-up was vigorous!

Synonym : robust. 

Antonym : lethargic.




Stay safe Mr Brown.




Robert Smith's lockdown diary

Music P.E game

Wednesday 29th April 2020


Hello, good morning. Are we all okay? 

So, I hope you enjoyed listening to the Beatles, yesterday. That song was from the beginning of their chart topping career. They were only making records for 8 years and they changed a lot over that time. Lots of songs today have been influenced by the Beatles. Thank you to Megan and her big sister Amber for sending me a picture of the Beatles first album. That is a vinyl record, the only way of buying music in the 1960s, wonderful.

So that leads us on to the 1970s. I could have sent you a glam rock song or a funky song. I could have introduced you to Heavy rock or disco. However there is one band that sum up the 70s. They won the Eurovision song contest and then went on to be successful all around the world. They come from Sweden and are called ABBA. Have you heard of them, I bet you have. So how does this song make you feel? Does it make you want to dance? What instruments can you hear? Is there just one person singing? Listen to other ABBA songs and see which one you like the best. Can you find out how they got their name?


P.S For some reason your year 4 SPaG lesson isn't working today, not sure why. If you would like to do the year 3 one, go ahead. It will be good to practise.


Word of the Day : corrupt (adj / verb)

having or showing a willingness to act dishonest for money or gain.

The final was ruined by the corrupt officials. You could smell the corruption.

Synonym : dishonest.

Antonym : conform

Amber and Megan's Beatles album

A message from Mrs Allan:


"Hi everyone - I hope you are able to login to and use charanga! If you have any issues send me an email

And I can help you get started! For those of you that have been on already, well done I can see the time you have spent completing your tasks. 

I have recently added a folder which contains some singing assembly songs. After you have logged in, go to assignments and you should see the singing assembly songs. Most of them you will know however there are 2 that you don't know so have a go at learning them and we can look at them when we return to school.  stay safe, 
Mrs Allan"

Tuesday 28th April 2020


Good morning everybody, how are we all doing today?

It was great to hear from some of you yesterday, I hope you enjoyed the poem about the sound collector and dancing to Elvis Presley.

Today's song is from the 1960s. Now the 1960s is when Pop music became massive around the world, and there was one band who were so popular they changed music forever. You can't talk about music in the 1960s without talking about the Beatles. Their songs are as popular today as they were back then and choosing just one for you to listen to, is almost impossible. They are the first band I remember listening to, I remember the apple, in the middle of my Uncle's copy of 'Abbey Road' spinning round and being taken over by the wonderful sounds that I could hear. I was hooked. I was only 4 and the Beatles had split up years before.

So I thought I'd let you listen to one of their early, more poppy hits as you've already heard a version of 'Hey Jude.' last week. 'Please, please me' was their first number one and was released in 1963. They were very much influenced by Elvis, can you hear any similarities? Can you dance to it? what instruments can you hear? Do you know any other Beatles songs? what is your favourite?

As a treat I have also included another Beatles song, performed in lockdown, by a band called "The Ruby Tuesdays'. Now, the special thing about this band is that my nephew, Matty, is the bass player! Can you spot him? What do you think?



Word of the Day : elite (noun/adj)

Definition : a group of people with power / the best.

The elite soldiers were guarding the palace perimeter.

Synonym : creme de la creme. 

Antonym : dregs


Monday 27th April 2020


Good Morning, Monday is here again.

As you can see I've left you lots of things to be getting on with this week, lots of fun activities to keep you learning and hopefully having fun too.

I am going to start this week by looking at Pop songs. These are the popular songs of the day, usually for teenagers and usually about love. I am going to start in the 1950s, where pop music really began with the advent of the 7 inch single, a small round disc with one song on the A-side and one song on the B-side. The song I am sending you today is by Elvis Presley the first real pop idol. its called Hound dog and was released in 1956. Enjoy!






Word of the Day : bamboozle (verb)

Definition : cheat or fool 

The year 5 pupil bamboozled the school with her magic tricks during the talent show.


Stay safe, Mr Brown


Literacy week 2

Topic week 2

Hugo and Ivy's important message

Sunday 26th April 2020


Good morning and happy Sunday.

The days are drifting on, and it looks like the sun will be shining again today, which always helps.

I have sent you one of my favourite classical pieces of music, for you to listen to, today. It is a beautiful piano piece called Opus 20, its by a composer called Dustin O'Hanrahan, he composes lots of music for films. His music is atmospheric and peaceful. I hope you enjoy it.

Later on I will be sending you a new message, with new exciting activities, for the new week. Have a lovely Sunday. 


Poem of the day:

DEAR YOU By Kaveri Patel


Dear you,
You who always have
so many things to do
so many places to be
your mind spinning like
fan blades at high speed
each moment always a blur
because you’re never still.


I know you’re tired.
I also know it’s not your fault.
The constant brain-buzz is like
a swarm of bees threatening
to sting if you close your eyes.

You’ve forgotten something again.
You need to prepare for that or else.
You should have done that differently.


What if you closed your eyes?
Would the world fall
apart without you?
Or would your mind
become the open sky
flock of thoughts
flying across the sunrise
as you just watched and smiled.


Word of the Day : gullible (adj)

Definition: easily persuaded to believe something.

Gullible Mr Dyson was convinced that pigs could fly! 

Synonym : naive .

Antonym : cynical.

Saturday 25th April 2020


Good morning all.

Well, yesterday I saw lots of people from our lovely school. I was doing my shift in the shop and saw Mrs Allan, and Annie from class one. Then, on my daily walk I saw Hugo and Ivy, Mrs Mathews and Jamie, Mrs Adams and Mrs Smith! It was great to see everybody, obviously we had to talk at distance but it was still great.

The song I've added today is called 'The Happy song" just to make you smile.


Friday 24th April 2020


Good morning.

We've been very lucky with the weather this week, its been lovely and sunny, a little windy, but at least we can go outside and see spring, springing up around us.

I had a very busy day yesterday. I had the film Mrs Brown, doing a crochet demonstration, for the internet; I had to help Mr Brown jnr. with his oh so hard GCSE maths, The circumference and area of a circle and I had to go to Tesco, which turned out to be okay. 

Your song today is a folk song. Folk songs are usually traditional songs from different countries around the world. This is an American folk song, which are usually performed, simply on acoustic guitar.

I hope you like it.


Lullaby by Matt Costa and Jack Jones


When you're so lonely lying in bed
Night's closed it's eyes but you can't rest your head
Everyone's sleeping all through the house
You wish you could dream but forgot to somehow

Sing this lullaby to yourself
Sing this lullaby to yourself

And if you are waiting, waiting for me
Know I'll be home soon, darling, I guarantee
I'll be home Sunday, just in one week
Dry up your tears if you start to weep

And sing this lullaby to yourself
Sing this lullaby to yourself

Lullaby, I'm not nearby
Sing this lullaby to yourself
Don't you cry, no, don't you cry
Sing this lullaby to yourself

'Cause when I arrive, dear, it won't be that long
No, it won't seem like anytime that I've been gone
It ain't the first time, it won't be the last
Won't you remember these words to help the time pass?

So, when you're so lonely, lying in bed
Night's closed it's eyes but you can't rest your head
Everyone's sleeping all through the house
You wish you could dream but forgot to somehow

Sing this lullaby to yourself
Sing this lullaby to yourself
Sing this lullaby, sing this lullaby
Sing this lullaby to yourself


Word of the Day : alleviate (verb)

Definition : to make less severe.


The heat of the sun was alleviated by the juicy rocket lolly!

Thursday 23rd April 2020


Good morning, are we all well?


So I have been walking around the village, on my, one hour a day, daily exercise, and I always try to spot the rainbows. There are lots now, all over the village. There seems to be more and more each day, which is brilliant. I have heard others spotting them too. Some are hard to see, because not every door is visible, but I'd say there are about 50 woollen rainbows now. Brilliant.

Today's song is jazz. Now jazz is not always everybody's cup of tea. It can be sometimes hard to listen to, it can be long and complicated. It usually involves pianos, double bass, saxophone, guitar and drums, but lots of other instruments can be used. In jazz the musicians improvise, so they make it up as they go along. Some people say jazz uses too many notes! So what do you think? What do you enjoy about this track, what would you change? Do you think the musicians are making it up or are the just playing around?

I have added some lessons to Education city now. I am using Mrs Haslam's page because Education city seemed to make me disappear and Mrs Haslam Kindly let me use her sign on, thank you Mrs Haslam. 


Word of the Day : dehydrated (verb)

Definition : cause a person's body to lose a large amount of water.

After the marathon, the runner was dehydrated. 

Synonym : dehumidify .

Antonym : hydrate.


Poem of the day:



My cat has been adapting to the lockdown
rather well, it must be said.

She leaves the sofa for very limited purposes,
exercising once a day in the flowerbeds,

never failing to wash her paws
for at least two hours upon her return.

She no longer meets friends or relatives
who do not live in her home,

but contents herself in catching up with them
on Skype or Zoom. Should other cats

intrude on her territory, she’s always careful
to maintain her social hiss stance,

and she deplores the action of her neighbour
who has been stockpiling mice for weeks.

She bears it all with great fortitude
although she knows everything is changed,

and, when the ambulances go by,
they will wake her and she will look at me

as if to say, don’t worry, I’m here,
I have no plans to go anywhere.


Stay safe, Mr Brown.




Wednesday 22nd April 2020


Hello, hello, hello. How is everyone? 

It was great to see lots of work going on yesterday, I hope you are all enjoying the topic. Don't forget to gather songs you like, for your own playlists. You may love some of the songs I send you but some, not so much, but that's fine. We all like different things and music is so diverse, that there is always something for someone. The song I am sending you today is a little bit quirky, a little bit strange. Its an alternative song, but it did get in to the charts when it was first realised. It is called 'The Caterpillar' and it's by a band called The Cure. They are a band that sometimes do gloomy songs, sometimes they do poppy songs, but they always have big hair! Listen to what instruments you can hear. At the beginning of the song, why do you think they are playing in that way? It almost sounds as if they are playing badly on purpose! Can you Hera the instruments trying to sound like butterflies? See what you think.

Word of the Day : brunch (noun)

Definition: a meal that is eaten late morning, sometime between breakfast and lunch.

The teachers scoffed brunch, whilst the children played on the yard.


Stay safe Mr Brown.

Tuesday 21st April 2020


Hello, Good morning.

Well how did you get on with your first day back at home school? I hope all of the work was okay?

From today I will be adding daily S.P.a.G lessons and some other things too, for you to be getting on with.

Here, in Brown world ( thats how it feels in isolation!), we had our family quiz last night, with my Mum and dad; my  sister's family in Blackburn and my other sister's family in Winchester and very strangely we all got 31 out of 50, what are the chances of that! You'll be happy to know Little miss Brown, Mrs Brown and I won on a tiebreak.

So, the song I've chosen for today is called 'Three little birds by Bob Marley' and it's a reggae song. This is music that first came from Jamaica and became very popular in Britain in the 1970s. I think the lyrics to this song are very poignant for how we are living at the moment. So remember as well as being a fab song it is also a message to you-ou-ou!


Word of the Day : elope (verb)

Definition : run away secretly in order to get married.

Romeo and Juliet planned to elope at midnight, to escape their quarrelling families.

Synonym : abscond.


Three Little Birds by Connie Talbot


Don't worry about a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don't worry about a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right!


Rise up this mornin,
Smiled with the risin sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, (this is my message to you-ou-ou:)


Singin: don't worry bout a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don't worry (dont worry) bout a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right!


Rise up this mornin,
Smiled with the risin sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, this is my message to you-ou-ou:

Singin: don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right.… 

Monday 20th April 2020

Hello and good morning. As you can see you have got lots to look through, for the week, so I'll keep this short. Just to be clear, all of the links on this weeks plan are downloaded, for you to follow, underneath ( I am not sure that is clear!) So everything you need should be here. Any problems E-mail me. Enjoy!


Word of the Day : disclose (verb)

Definition : make secret information known. She disclosed her secret to dividing fractions!


Poem of the day:

A Friend Found In Music by Bryanna T. Perkins


Music is the ocean
That pulls me to the shore.
Music is the rhythm
That moves me to the core.
Music is the therapy
I need when I feel blue.
Music lifts my spirits
To make sure I pull through.
The times when I'm most cheerful,
It's clear music was there.
Music is the needed friend
When no one seems to care.


IMG 1474 A message from Mr Brown.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

So, these above, are all the clips and Powerpoints you will need for the week. Read the plan and work through it during the week. Look at the curriculum newsletter and knowledge organiser to give you an idea about the topic and to give you other home work ideas. Don't forget your daily reading and exercise.

Stay safe. Mr Brown,



Work through the daily tasks.



Watch the clip and answer the questions on the plan.



Read through the powerpoint, on the ear and watch the clip. Then draw and lable a diagram of the ear.



Reaseach musical instruments.

Sunday 19th April 2020



I hope you are all well. It's Sunday again, we should all be having that Sunday feeling, the last day of our holidays, preparing for school, sorting uniform, but no it's all very different now. You will have some new work, tomorrow. I will send you a weekly plan with activities and projects. Education city does not recognise me, for some reason, it thinks I don't exist! which is a little insulting. It is in the process of being fixed. I'll let you know when that's all done. So enjoy your last day of your Easter holidays and I'll hope to see you soon.


Word of the Day : Euphoric (noun)/ Euphoria(adjective)
Definition : feeling of extreme happiness.

Euphoria spread around the school like a wild fire! The year 5 pupils had won the national poetry competition!

Synonym: delight.

Antonym: misery.


Poem of the day.


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat



The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea 

   In a beautiful pea-green boat, 

They took some honey, and plenty of money, 

   Wrapped up in a five-pound note. 

The Owl looked up to the stars above, 

   And sang to a small guitar, 

"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love, 

    What a beautiful Pussy you are, 

         You are, 

         You are! 

What a beautiful Pussy you are!" 


Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl! 

   How charmingly sweet you sing! 

O let us be married! too long we have tarried: 

   But what shall we do for a ring?" 

They sailed away, for a year and a day, 

   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows 

And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood 

   With a ring at the end of his nose, 

             His nose, 

             His nose, 

   With a ring at the end of his nose. 


"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling 

   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." 

So they took it away, and were married next day 

   By the Turkey who lives on the hill. 

They dined on mince, and slices of quince, 

   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;  

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, 

   They danced by the light of the moon, 

             The moon, 

             The moon, 

They danced by the light of the moon.


Saturday 18th April 2020


Hello, happy Saturday.

I hope you are all well. I am sat here with Frank, he looking out of the window, on to the quiet streets, yawning to himself and having a little stretch. I think our animals are loving the calmness, the quiet roads, us being at home to give them attention, they seem somehow to be around more too. 

I will be sending you some more work on Monday, we are starting a new topic, which is very exciting. Instead of going into school and preparing the classroom, I am looking at ways of sending you all the information, each day. Instead of information posters, on the walls, you'll get information messages on the blog. Instead of work up on the walls, I will post it for us all to see. At least here, our screen works!

Stay safe.


Poem of the day:




I’m sorry I dived into the bushes.
It’s not personal, you understand.
You happened to walk in my direction
and my nerves got the upper hand.


I’m sorry I screamed when you came near me.
Don’t take my angry shrieks to heart.
Idiomatically, let’s stay in touch –
and physically, six feet apart.


Apologies if it seems like you repulse me,
that I recoil when you come near.
In other times, we might have spoken,
shared a joke without fear.


or waltzed together down the footpath,
perhaps we may yet still one day.
But just for now, embrace the margins
and wave to me from far away.


Word of the Day : alleviate

Definition : to make less severe. (verb)

The heat of the sun was alleviated by the juicy rocket lolly!

Synonym : reduce .

Antonym : aggravate.


Speak soon

Mr Brown.



Friday 17th April 2020


Good morning all. Are you enjoying the sunshine?

The Brown's barbers opened the other day. We all had our hair cut in the kitchen, which was a first. Mr Brown jnr. had his hair shaved, at the back and sides and decided that he didn't need to go to the hair dressers again. Little Miss Brown tried to cut her own hair but found it very hard to get the back straight, so had to get her mum to do it and I just had a trim. 

Have you watched Megan and Amber's stop motion video? I've uploaded it on here for you. It wasn't working at first, but I've fixed it. It's fab, if you'd like it give it a go, go for it, it looks great fun.

It seems that more and more woollen rainbows have been appearing on peoples doors, around the village. They look amazing. Have you spotted any?

I've added a terrific scientific live lesson for you to watch. It's not live, obviously, but I thought you might enjoy it.


Poem of the day:


Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky 


Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.


Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you'd be forced to smell your feet.


Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.


Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.


Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place--
be glad your nose is on your face!



Word of the Day : Codswallop (noun)
Definition : another word for nonsense


Speak soon Mr Brown.

The teacher's lesson was pure codswallop! 

Synonym : nonsense.

Thursday 16th April 2020


Good morning everybody, are you staying safe? Good.

Well the rainbow fairy of Tealby has been busy. There are more and more rainbows everyday. They seem to just be appearing on peoples doors. They are a symbol of the NHS and staying safe. I saw Erin Waud, who has been doing some fantastic work, helping her dad with his wonderful photos. She was looking for rainbows, around the village, and when she got home, she found one on her own door!

I also saw Hugo and Ivy, yesterday, from a distance, obviously. They walked past Mr Brown jnr. and little miss Brown who had been on their daily walk, to Rabbit Valley. They had found a rabbit that was in a bad way, and had decided to try and rescue it. They wrapped it up warm and brought it home, but unfortunately it did not survive. At least they tried and gave it a fighting chance.

I hope to hear you all clapping for the NHS, tonight. It's become a very important date in our week, and it is very important to show our appreciation for everyone who is helping us at this time.


Poem of the day


The Rabbit by anon.


THE moon is shining o'er the field,

A little breeze is blowing,

The radish leaves are crisp and green,

The lettuces are growing.


The owl is in the ivy-bush,

With both his eyes a-winking ;

The rabbit shakes his little tail,

And sits him down a-thinking--


"Oh ! where are all the dormice gone ?

And are the frogs a-vooing ?

Will no one come to play with me ?

What are they all a-doing ?"


Poor little rabbit, all alone,

Don't let the master meet you ;

He'll shoot you with his little gun,

And merrily he'll eat you !


Word of the Day : Panorama.
Definition : an unbroken view of a region /

wide view.

The school hall offered a panorama of children's writing on the walls.

Synonym : landscape.


Speak soon Mr Brown.

Wednesday 15th April 2020


Hello, good morning.

Well, today looks like it may be great weather. This time of year it can be either sunny or cold, sometimes in the same day! As you can see, Mrs Humberstone has found a time capsule for you to fill in. We have given it to everyone to do, to mark this historical event we are living through. Time capsules are brilliant for showing a snap-shot in time that we can look back on. Sometimes it's interesting to look back at what was relevent at different times. Things move and change so quickly, It's great to look back. I have a box, from when Amber and George were born, with photos, pieces of clothing and even the songs that were in the chart, when Amber was born.

So fill in your time capsule, so we can look back and remember, when all of this is over.


Poem of the day:


Time by Valerie Bloom.


Time’s a bird, which leaves its footprints
At the corners of your eyes,
Time’s a jockey, racing horses,
The sun and moon across the skies.
Time’s a thief, stealing your beauty,
Leaving you with tears and sighs,
But you waste time trying to catch him,
Time’s a bird and Time just flies.


Word of the Day : Solidarity
Definition : unity of feelings or actions, coming

together over common interest.

There was a great feeling of solidarity between

the soldiers.

Synonym : unity. 

Antonym : individuality.


Speak soon, stay safe.

Mr Brown

Time Capsule - we are living through history right now.... take time to complete this Covid-19 TimeCapsule for your future self (and children/grandchildren) to look back on.

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Good morning and hello. It seems like ages, how have you been? I hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend. When I was younger we would always go to the fair on Easter Monday. It would be set up in a local park, and my family and I would go and have candy floss and have a spin on a few rides. Very different this year, no fairs, no leaving the house, but at least the chocolate hasn't run out!

Hopefully the weather will be fine this week and we can get out for our daily exercise.

Here in Tealby mysterious woolen rainbows have started to appear, around the village. more and more appear each day. Now the rainbow has become the symbol of staying safe and protecting the NHS, so see if you can spot them when you go for your daily exercise.


Poem of the day:


The Rainbow by Christina Rossetti 


Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier than these.
There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.


Word of the Day : Havoc (verb/noun)
Definition : widespread destruction /to lay waste.

The hurricane had caused havoc in Cuba. 

Synonym : devastation.

Antonym : peace.

Friday 10th April 2020



I hope everyone is doing okay?

Did you enjoy the photography lesson, from yesterday? I thought it was really great. I hope you will mange to take some really interesting photographs, of the things that are going on in this strange time. Photographs are another way of documenting a time. Lots of history books can only show pictures but after the invention of the camera, we could start to see exactly how things were. But don't be fooled, the camera can sometimes trick you into thinking something is real, when its not.

I can't send any messages over the weekend, as the website is having some maintenance, so I will write again on Monday.


Word of the Day : translucent (adj)

 definition: allowing some light to pass through.

Translucent wings spread as wide as the cavern.

Synonym : transparent.

Antonym : opaque 


Poem of the day:

About the Teeth of Sharks by John Cardi


The thing about a shark is—teeth,

One row above, one row beneath.


Now take a close look. Do you find

It has another row behind?


Still closer—here, I’ll hold your hat:

Has it a third row behind that?


Now look in and...Look out! Oh my,

I’ll never know now! Well, goodbye.


speak soon.

Mr Brown

Thursday 9th April 2020.


I've just had my breakfast in the garden, being stared at by Luna, ball at her feet, ready to play!

It's a bit early for that.

I hope you are all looking forward to Easter, this weekend. It's the end of Lent, so if you did give anything up, you can start doing it again, if you want too. You may decide, you were better off without it and stop, it's up to you. What ever happens, enjoy and don't eat too many Easter eggs!

I went to get eggs for Mr Brown jnr. and little miss Brown, yesterday. They usually have an Easter egg hunt, with their cousins, I know they seem too old for all of that, but it's tradition. We are going to do it on-line and then have a family meal, virtually. I'll let you know how it goes.



Word of the Day : Indignant.
Definition : angered at being treated unfairly.

Indignant and exhausted, he gave up. 

Synonym : aggrieved

Antonym : content


Poem of the day:


Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist's chair.

He said, "Right here and everywhere my teeth require repair."

The dentist's face was turning white. He quivered, quaked and shook.

He muttered, "I suppose I'm going to have to take a look."


"I want you," Crocodile declared, "to do the back ones first.

The molars at the very back are easily the worst."

He opened wide his massive jaws. It was a fearsome sight––

At least three hundred pointed teeth, all sharp and shining white.


The dentist kept himself well clear. He stood two yards away.

He chose the longest probe he had to search out the decay.

"I said to do the back ones first!" the Crocodile called out.

"You're much too far away, dear sir, to see what you're about.


To do the back ones properly you've got to put your head

Deep down inside my great big mouth," the grinning Crocky said.

The poor old dentist wrung his hands and, weeping in despair,

He cried, "No no! I see them all extremely well from here!"


Just then, in burst a lady, in her hands a golden chain.

She cried, "Oh Croc, you naughty boy, you're playing tricks again!"

"Watch out!" the dentist shrieked and started climbing up the wall.

"He's after me! He's after you! He's going to eat us all!"


"Don't be a twit," the lady said, and flashed a gorgeous smile.

"He's harmless. He's my little pet, my lovely crocodile."

Wednesday 8th April 2020


Good morning class 2,

I hope you are well.

So we had our weekly, family quiz again, the other night. It was great fun. my nephews, Will (year 4) and Sammy ( year 3), set some of the questions. Will did football and Sam computer games. We also had a Harry Potter round and a books round. The picture round was logos, from things my sister found in her kitchen cupboards. Amber and I kept up our winning streak, thats 2 out of 2! It's our turn next. Ill let you know how it goes, and maybe test some questions out on you.

I had a lovely message from Megan yesterday. She had written a great piece on Romeo and Juliet and also baked a lemon drizzle cake, that ended up on my doorstep! It was amazing and won't last long in this house.



Word of the Day : tiptoed (verb)

Definition: walk quietly or carefully avoid.

Tiptoeing carefully, he crept towards the biscuits.

He tiptoed away with a custard cream.

Synonym : snuck, sneak, avoid.


Poem of the day.

Missing by Anne Scott


I've hunted near, I've hunted far
I even looked inside my car.
I've lost my glasses, I'm in need,
To have them now so I can read.
I loudly swear and I curse
Did I leave them in my purse?
Are they behind the sofa, under the bed?
Oh there they are - on my head!

Stay safe. speak soon.

Mr Brown.

Tuesday 7th April 2020



As I sit and write I can hear the dustmen, clattering and banging, but doing a really important job. Just imagine what would happen, if they stopped! The world would be filled with rubbish in no time. It is very important that we think about all of the people, who make our lives easier and helping us all of the time, without us even noticing, sometimes. So try to think of all those people who contribute to our lives and help things run a little smoother.

I hope you are enjoying your Easter holidays and are keeping yourselves active and entertained. I've added another art clip, for you to enjoy and maybe have a go at. Today it is drawing self-portraits, maybe you can have a go and send me a copy, and see if I can guess who it is?

Speak soon.

Mr Brown.


Word of the Day : occasionally (adverb)

Definition : at irregular intervals. 

Occasionally, I like to boogie!

My aunt and uncle visit occasionally.


Synonym : infrequently
Antonym : often, frequently.


Poem of the day:

The Dustman

by Clive Sansom

Every Tuesday morning 
Before we're quite awake, 
Without the slightest warning 
The house begins to shake 
With a Biff! Bang! 
Biff! Bang! Biff! 
It's the Dustman, who begins 
(BANG ! Crash !) 
To empty all the bins 
Of their rubbish and their ash 
With a Biff! Bang! 
Biff! Bang! Bash!

Monday 6th April 2020



Now, as I wake up, in our very strange, Easter holidays, it's raining. That will never do, I was going to put our tent out!

It is the holidays, so I am not going to set you any work, but I will post some activities, just so you have something to do, if you want it. This week, I am going to send you some different  art technics, for you to have a go at.

Today I've sent you collages, have a go and send me the results, if you like.

Have a great day.

speak tomorrow.

Mr Brown.


‘Let No One Steal Your Dreams’ by Paul Cookson


Let no one steal your dreams

Follow your heart

Follow your soul

For only when you follow them

Will you feel truly whole


Set your sights and keep them fixed

Set your sights on high

Let no one steal your dreams

Your only limit is the sky.


Word of the Day : epiphany (noun)

Definition : a moment of sudden revelation. 

The secondary teacher had an epiphany...primary


Hugo had an epiphany, whilst learning about fractions.


Sunday 5th April 2020

Good morning everybody. 

Yes its Sunday again. Today is Palm Sunday, in the Christian calendar.

It's forecast to be sunny today, so get outside, enjoy the birds song, smell the flowers and feel the sun on your faces. It should be the hottest day of the year, so remember your sun tan lotion!

Speak soon.

Mr Brown.


Poem of the day:

‘I Opened A Book’ by Julia Donaldson


I opened a book and in I strode.

Now nobody can find me.

I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,

My town and my world behind me.


Word of the Day : contemplate (verb)

Definition : think about or look at for a long time. Think deeply.

The manager had to contemplate how the game had played out.

Good morning and happy Saturday,

I hope you are all well. Did anyone see Tealby on the news last night? They showed Erin's dad's wonderful photographs. Megan, Hugo and I were on as well as lots of other children and adults from the village.  If you want to see them they are on the This is Tealby website.

The weather is going to be great this weekend, so I thought of putting up my tent, so that Mr Brown jnr. can have a change of space and get some fresh air!

Have a lovely weekend.

Speak soon 

Mr Brown




Word of the Day

Word of the Day : marathon (noun.) 

Definition : 26 mile race or a long task.

Easter revision was a marathon! Thousands of people ran the London marathon.


Poem of the day.


‘The Laughter Forecast’ by Sue Cowling 


Today will be humorous

With some giggly patches,

Scattered outbreaks of chuckling in the south

And smiles spreading from the east later,

Widespread chortling

Increasing to gale-force guffaws towards evening.

The outlook for tomorrow

Is hysterical.

Friday 3 April 2020.


Hello everyone, how are we all doing? Good I hope.

So today, we would be on holiday, today is the start of the Easter holidays. It is Good Friday next Friday, where Christians believed that Jesus was crucified on the cross. It Is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar. 

Has anyone seen the photo, that Erin Waud's dad has taken? I know some of you are on it, it is brilliant. He has been going around the village and taking photos of us (from a safe distance) at home. When its fully complete I'll post a picture of it on here.

I've added another Shakespeare for you today, the Tempest, which I am sure you will love.

Stay safe, Mr Brown.


Word of the Day : profound (adj.) 

Definition : very great or intense state.

The doctor let out a profound sigh of relief.
So profound was her grief, she could not fight back the



Poem of the day:

Frisbee by Brian Bilston


Frisbee whizzing

through the air

above our heads,

over the sands,

into the water,

onto the waves,

out to sea.


You cried a lot that day.

Frisbee was a lovely dog.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Morning class two, did anyone spot my April fool yesterday? It wasn't Tuesday, hilarious!

Any way I hope you are all doing okay? I received a few more Emails yesterday, which were brilliant. It just goes to show how hard you are all working and I love to see your work.

I hope you all got your eggtastics done? I can't wait to see them. Mrs Humberstone is going to have a very hard task in judging them!

I've added today a live lesson from BBC teach. It's not live anymore, obviously, but I thought you might like it. I've also added another maths mystery ( as I know some of you really like them!)

Have another safe day indoors and I hope to hear from you soon.



Word of the Day : Flail (verb)
Definition : wave or swing wildly.

The children were flailing their arms in the air, like they just didn't care.

Synonym : wave, swing.


Poem of the day:


Smart Phone - Dumb User

© Rick W. Cotton 

My new phone is "smart." I guess that I'm not.
Amazing what all this here smart phone has got.
TV and Weather and Internet, too.
There's just no limits to what it can do.
Check my blood pressure and my temperature
Without even probing all my apertures.
I now know the time in Paris or Greece.
I can track the migration of thousands of geese
Or find Chinese food; it's here on this map.
Oops, my finger just slipped, now where was that at?
A camera...a CAMERA! Now I can take shots
Of everyone I know (who'd rather I not).
Push this here button and take me a "selfie."
(If it had a nose would this thing take a "smellfie"?)
Email to pester with, video to shoot,
Maps to drive 'round with, wow that's a hoot!
A compass to guide me home if I'm lost.
Thank God work paid for this thing (what it COSTS!).
The things that it does would amaze Mr. Bell.
What he would have thought of it, no one can tell,
But one question's still stuck in my middle-aged craw.
Despite all the gizmos that strike me with awe,
They're fun and they're useful and "techy" and all
...But how do I just simply make a phone call?


Tuesday 1st April 2020

Good morning everyone, now today's the day for tricking your friends and family. I may run upstairs and tell Mr Brown jnr. that he has a massive box delivered, and see his groggy, confused face, when there is no-one at the door. Or I could could tell Little miss Brown that Luna's had puppies, and see how she reacts. But, in these strange times, with nowhere to escape, and knowing that we have to be together, I don't think I will, for my own safety! 


The precise origins of April Fools' Day, or All Fools' Day, is uncertain. But it seems to be a largely European tradition which became popular during the 16th century. 

Some believe the day may have its origins in the Roman festival of Hilaria, which was usually held around the time of the spring equinox, and traditionally included games processions and masquerades, which gave the hoi-polloi (the common folk!) the opportunity to impersonate the nobility, sometimes with amusing consequences.

In France, today is called Poisson d'Avril. French children try and pin a paper fish, secretly, on to each others backs. If they are successful they shout "Poisson d'Avril" which means fish of April.

Here is a daily radio show, for you to check out, sent to me by Mrs Humberstone. it's fab.



Word of the Day : jubilant (adj.)

Definition : a feeling of great happiness. 

Easter was over, the teachers were feeling jubilant, they were ready to teach.


April fools Day


Mackenzie put a whoopie cushion
on the teacher’s chair.
Makayla told the teacher
that a bug was in her hair.


Alyssa brought an apple
with a purple gummy worm
and gave it to the teacher
just to see if she would squirm.


Elijah left a piece of plastic
dog doo on the floor,
and Vincent put some plastic vomit
in the teacher’s drawer.


Amanda put a goldfish
in the teacher’s drinking glass.
These April Fool’s Day pranks
are ones that you could use in class.


Before you go and try them, though,
there’s something I should mention:
The teacher wasn’t fooling
when she put us in detention.

 — Kenn Nesbitt


Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Hello, and good morning. The sun is trying to poke his head out, and it sort of looks like spring.

I did a quiz last night, with my family across the country, it was great fun. See if you can set some questions for your friends and family and arrange to ask them over the internet. You could have categories, we had: general knowledge; Harry Potter ( Amber was great at that!); famous faces when they were young and children's toys. You could try anything you wanted. Oh and by the way, of course my team won!

Have a great day, and keep sending me your messages, they are all fantastic.

Mr Brown.


Word of the Day :

impede (verb.)

Definition : delay or prevent by obstructing.

Pupil progress may be impeded by lack of exposure to vocabulary.


Poem of the day:


The Life Of A Cupcake

 Shelby Greer


They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a deprived and miserable cake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and I started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


Monday March 30th 2020


Good Morning everyone, and welcome to the new week.

I hope you had a great weekend, indoors staying safe, but active.

I am sat with Luna, she is loving this, having me at home all day; getting a long walk and someone to always chat to her.

I have sent you lots to be getting on with, this week. I hope you find it fun and educational. Some of it goes back over what we've already covered, just so it sticks and you don't forget it.

Speak soon.

Mr Brown


Word of the Day:


Simultaneously (adv.) Definition : at the same time.

The soldiers simultaneously raised their berets.

See if you can use it in a sentence, as a fronted adverbial.


Poem of the day.


My doggie don't wear glasses by John Hegley.


My doggie don't wear glasses,

so they are lying when they say,

a dog looks like its owner,

aren't they.


Week 2 Week starting 30.3.20

Hello year 4s.

As you can see, I've sent to some working to keep you going this week, as we lead up to Easter.

I will still be sending you a message each day, with a word of the day and a poem.


Don't forget your Eggtastics.

See you all soon.

Mr Brown

Megan sent me a video of what she and her sister have got up to, this week. It's Fab!

Good Morning Class 2,

Happy Sunday. Today is a day to relax, read a book and chill out.

Check to see if all the clocks in your house have gone forwards, as it is the start of British Summer time. We lose an hour today, but somehow that doesn't seem to matter, at the moment.

I have sent a Sunday morning song, for you to listen to.


Mr Brown.

Saturday 28th March 2020.

Good morning, I know, working on a Saturday!

The weather this morning is a little grey and a little cooler, the wind is up so working outside may be a challenge.

Today, try and find out how something, in the house, works. I don't mean take it apart! Look it up on the internet or in a book. It might be a phone, the toaster or your television, you decide.


Word of the Day : dwindle (verb)

Definition : reduce gradually in size, amount or strength.

Dwindling, the king’s power was not what it once was. 

Synonym : decrease, reduce, wane.


Poem of the day.



By Shel Silverstein 

“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more--that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”


Here's something to pass the time.

Friday 27th March 2020

Good morning Class 2. Are we all okay?

Well, at least yesterday was a beautiful day, for being outside and hearing the bird song. Today I would like you to look for signs of spring. What is coming to life, what's starting to grow? Can you see the buds on the trees; the insects starting to emerge?

I am venturing out today to help in the village shop. it's important to help make sure everyone can access the normal things in life, at this extraordinary time.


Word of the Day : devoured (verb)

Definition : eat with speed, hungrily.
The book was finished, she had devoured it.

Synonym : chomped, gobbled, destroy. Antonym : nibble, build.


Poem for today. (one of my favourites!)


Halfway Down

By A. A. Milne 


Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn't any
Other stair
Quite like
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
I always

Halfway up the stairs
Isn't up
And it isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery,
It isn't in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn't really
It's somewhere else

Thursday 26th March 2020.

Good Morning class 2, how are we all? Good, I hope.

The sky is blue and the birds are singing.

Listen. What can you hear? No, really listen. For a few minutes.

I can hear the buzz of the fridge, the birds twittering, the hum of the boiler. 

Today I want you to listen and write a poem about what you can hear and what you would hear if the world was normal and everybody was going about their lives, as they should.


Word of the Day : plethora (noun)

Definition : an abundance or excess.
There was/were a plethora of stores to buy goods from.


A poem for today:

Marshal Gebbie 


In the blue light of dawn
The melodic chorus of birdlife
Played, in corridors of green trees,
Is an exquisite symphony for my waiting ear.
No other sound, in the long course of the day,
Approaches the delicate beauty and echoing perfection
Of the crisp cadence of this brief, truely wondrous morning sequence.


Enjoy the day, try to get on to Education city, if you can.

Stay safe.

Mr Brown



Wednesday 25th March 2020.

Good morning class 2. Are we all well? I am sat here, looking at our closed school, on a beautiful, if a little chilly, spring day listening to the birds singing and getting on with their day.

Today I would like you to do a survey of the birds you see, from your house. Do you know what they are called? How many different species can you identify? Are there any you don't recognise? Take a note each day. Does it change from day to day? Make a tally chart, each day, and make me a graph. You can decided which criteria you use: colour, species, song, size or one you come up with. You can research any of the birds you see and produce a fact file. 



Sparrows by Sally Plumb.  


Birds in a 
bare bush
beneath quiet
noonday beams,
tail flicking,
dreaming Spring dreams.

There, on the 
high branch
backs to the sun
– sparrows –
steeped warm.

A calm March
has begun.


Word of the Day : relinquish (verb)

Definition :

He relinquished his grip of his favourite book.


Stay safe. Mr Brown

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning class 2, I hope you are all staying well. 

Now, I know that Education city has been a little hard to get on to, due to all of the children all over the country trying to access it, but keep persevering, there are some really great activities on there.

I am also aware that it looks like your work has been set by Mr Popperwell. This is me, its a little glitch in the system, but rest assured, it is me.

I am self isolating at home with Mrs Brown, Mr Brown junior, little Miss Brown, Luna, Yoko and Frank. I have had to start teaching Mr Brown junior. I am getting quite good at GCSE biology!

I hope you have all tried out the Joe Wicks exercises, they are fab!

I saw a wonderful video of some children reading to their grandparents over the internet, that would be a fantastic thing to do, to keep you reading and help you keep you in touch with your relatives. Give it a go, and let me know how you get on.

Stay safe,  keep reading.

Mr Brown.

Week 1 23.3.20.


Hello Year 4.

I hope you are all well.

This week I have set you some work to complete at home.

Your activités are mostly on Education City in either the homework page or in some cases the classwork page. Don't forget about Purple Mash, TT Rockstars and Charanga.



I have put together some fraction activities, in Education City, that carry on from where we were in school. You can also practice  those all important times tables, in TT Rock Stars.

See also the brilliant resources from the White Rose Team - this follows our learning in school - see link below. 



There are some S.P.a.G activities for you to complete in Education City. See how many you can complete each day.


Read daily, read anything: fiction, non-fiction, comics or newspapers; it's all good practice, educational and lots of fun.

If you want to practice your reading skills I have set you some comprehension activities for you to have a go at.


Topic: Research the Roman Gods. How do they differ from the Greek gods you looked at last year? Make me a poster show what was the same and what was different.


Stay safe, if you have any questions, you know where I am.


Mr Brown