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Contrails

What are contrails?

Contrails (a word blended from ‘condensation trails’) are the wispy, cloud-like white lines that zig-zag across the sky in the wake of jets engines. They are made up of water droplets and/or ice crystals.

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Here We Go Round The…

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Children have such an appetite for repetition, don’t they? And so much energy for it. How many times have you heard a child gleefully shout, “Again! Again!”, demanding that we repeat the same silly ‘Knock, knock’ joke or play the same tune? As for me, I know that I’m likely to want to stop playing far sooner than any child. This repetition is instilled in children’s learning. What about all those nursery rhymes that repeat the same tune over and over but with just some minimal change.

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Thank You Bin Collectors!

‘Thank you bin collectors’ poster

[Photos and poster provided by Robbie Burn 12 Apr 2020 and used with permission.]

Robbie Burn of Powburn has created an eye-catching poster that can be temporarily stuck onto your wheelie bin to say a BIG THANK YOU to our bin collectors who are carrying on, doing essential work on our behalf during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Having just created his poster, it’s already being taped to wheelie bins in the area:

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How to Clear Your Head

How to clear your head out exercising

Work-related stress, worries about loved ones, or broader existential crises associated with the uncertainty that’s accompanied the coronavirus pandemic are contributing to heightened emotionality.

Wired (12 Apr 2020)

Your once-a-day outdoor exercise regime (walking, cycling, jogging, whatever), as well as improving our physical well-being, could also be an opportunity to clear your head. This clever Pixar animated short film caught my attention recently:

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Look for Rainbows

Rainbows – a symbol of hope amid the coronavirus crisis

Mainly produced by children forced to stay at home, they are popping up everywhere: in windows, on walls, on garage doors. Helped by parents and carers, they are vibrant symbols of support for the NHS and all the key workers who are working so hard to help us all get through these unprecedented times.

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Rainbow Pack

Rainbow Pack: My home book of feelings and thoughts

Northumbria Police have provided a Covid-19 information pack for children who may be worried about all the upheaval in their lives at present. It’s aimed at children in Key Stage 1 (5-7 years of age).

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