Monday 20th November 2017. Music to relax to and Word of the Day -REPLICATE

This week I thought that we could listen to some relaxing music whilst watching an AQUARIUM scene.

An aquarium is a place where sea creatures and different types of fish are kept so that people can view them. They are meant to replicate the sea.

My word of the day today is REPLICATE whch means to copy or to reproduce. A similar word is REPLICA. Have you ever heard of that word?

Antonym: There isn’t an exact opposite so you would have to say ‘Unable to replicate.’ ‘Unable to copy.’


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Word of the day- Monday 13th November 2017.

Today’s word is CONSIDERATE. I chose it because during Anti-bullying week we are going to #ChooseKindness

Synonym: Thoughtful, kind, helpful.

Antonym: inconsiderate, thoughtless, unkind

Example – The children showed consideration for their teacher by working very quietly as she had a very bad headache.


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Children in Need 2017 -the official song



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Anti-bullying week 2017.

Choose Kindness

#ChooseKindness with Bullying UK and help stand up to bullying

Bullying UK is encouraging people to #ChooseKindness and help stand up to bullying. In our National Bullying Survey in 2016, we found that:

  •  50% of young people were bullied about how they looked
  •  81% of young people were called horrible names by others
  •  55% of young people were left out by their friends

No-one ever knows the struggles people are going through inside and we believe that a simple act of kindness can help a person feel empowered to stand up to bullying. We are encouraging everyone to get involved in choosing kindness and be the reason to make someone smile.

#ChooseKindness top tips

Choosing kindness doesn’t cost anything but can help someone enormously. We all have choices to make, do you #choosekindness?

  •  Choose kindness, as you never know what someone else is going through
  •  Saying something nice can bring a smile to someone’s face
  •  Acts of kindness will never come back to hurt you and is never wasted on someone
  •  Being mean and hurting others can hurt someone very deeply, think twice about what you say or do
  •  Acts of kindness are good for you- they release oxytocin which lowers our blood pressure
  •  Being kind can help others feel happy and confident



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Monday 6th November 2017 -Merrydale’s World War 1 week.

This week in our school we will be learning about different aspects of World War 1 which occurred between 1914-1918.

As a school we have been learning about World War 1 for a week each year to commemorate the CENTENARY during 2014-2018.

We have all made large poppies as a mark of respect for those who have died in all wars over the years since World War 1 and these will be placed onto our school fence on Hastings Road this week.

Remembrance Sunday will be on Sunday 12th November this year.



“Remembrance Day” For our king and our country and the promise of glory
We came from Kingston and Brighton to fight on the front line Just lads from the farms and boys from the cities
Not meant to be soldiers we lay in the trenches We’d face the fighting with a smile – or so we said
If only we had known what danger lay ahead The sky turned to grey as we went into battle
On the fields of Europe young men were fallin’ I’ll be back for you someday – it won’t be long
If I can just hold on ’til this bloody war is over The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
There’ll be no more fighting on Remembrance Day By October of 18 Cambrai had fallen
Soon the war would be over and we’d be returnin’ Don’t forget me while I’m gone far away
Well it won’t be long ’till I’m back there in your arms again One day soon – I don’t know when
You know we’ll all be free and the bells of peace will ring again The time will come for you and me
We’ll be goin’ home when this bloody war is ended The guns will be silent on Remembrance Day
We’ll all say a prayer on Remembrance Day On Remembrance Day – say a little prayer On Remembrance Day
Well the guns will be silent There’ll be no more fighting Oh we’ll lay down our weapons On Remembrance Day

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Monday 9th October 2017. Word of the Day -RESILIENCE

During the weekend 56 of our Year 6 children went to Kingswood Residential Centre in Staffordshire. They were looked after by Mrs Williams, Mrs Cheng, Miss Marriott, Mrs Davis, Mrs Raymond, Mrs O’Connor and Mr Durham. 

A HUGE THANK YOU to the staff that accompanied them as they gave up their weekend to take the children!

Today’s word is RESILIENCE – the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. To ‘bounce back’. To keep going when things get tough.

Antonym -delicate, weak.




Monday 2nd October 2017. Word of the Day. Courage

Today’s word is COURAGE. This word describes a behaviour when someone is being brave.

I was impressed by the girl’s COURAGE when she stood in front of the angry dog.

Tom didn’t have the COURAGE to admit his mistake.

I think it was very COURAGEOUS of her to stand up to the bully.


ANTONYM: cowardly,


Word of the Day -Monday 25th September 2017 -PERSISTENCE

Today’s word is PERSISTENCE. If you want to succeed you have to PERSIST and never give up.


Despite finding his work difficult the boy showed PERSISTENCE by continuing to practise until he could do it.

The girl kept falling off her bike but wanted to persist until she could ride properly so kept getting back on and having another go.

SYNONYM – persist, determination

ANTONYM – quitting, giving up


‘Be the Best You Can Be’ Day 1 for 2017

Today is our first ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ Day for 2017. We will be focusing on TEAMWORK today. This video was an advert and shows the power of working together as a team to reach your goal!



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Monday 25th September 2017 -More Performance Poetry to enjoy.