Dear Parents,

Whilst this has not been the start of the new term which we had hoped for, I have been both proud and inspired by the way in which both pupils and teachers have risen to the challenges of this new lockdown.  Our online learning programme was rolled out promptly at the start of term and accessed by all children.  I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing photographs of the children relishing their learning at home and have admired many pieces of work!

Please may I take this opportunity to remind you to ensure that your child is ready to start their school day promptly each morning and that we look for the same standards of behaviour when the children are learning remotely as we would do in classroom.  Please could the children be dressed appropriately at all times, not eat during lessons and not leave the lesson without the teacher’s permission.  Thank you.

Reception

It has been wonderful seeing everyone’s happy faces at home again this week in Reception.  The children have been amazing and have very quickly adapted to their new way of working.
Lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities have been enjoyed this week and the children have approached their lessons with enthusiasm and joy.
Well done, everybody. Keep up the great work!

 

Year 1

Year 1 have been busy asking questions and making predictions after Miss Drayton found a giant egg in the bark area! The children have no idea which animal has laid it and they are giving Miss Drayton lots of advice as to how it can be cared for. They suggested building a nice warm nest for it and keeping it outside just in case a dinosaur is growing inside it! The children have also been exploring 3D shapes in Maths. They found lots of examples of 3D shapes around their home. Roan even built an extremely tall tower out of the shapes he found!

 

Year 2

Year 2 have been reading the book ‘Snowman at Night’ by Caralyn Buehner.  The children have planned, written and illustrated their own version of what snowmen might do when we are asleep.  The children have begun learning about money and are starting a new science topic of ‘Materials’.  In PSHE, the class reflected on the year past and set some goals and resolutions for this year coming

Year 3

This week in Year 3 we began our new topic, ‘Volcanoes’. The children climbed aboard their underground explorer to find out what is below the earth’s surface – as we passed through each layer there was lots to be seen. The children particularly enjoyed drawing a volcano in their art lesson, creating a 3D effect by using thick and thin lines and shading.

Year 4

Year 4 have made a very positive start to their remote learning. As we become familiar with Google Classrooms, the children are showing great perseverance, patience and positivity and should be commended for this – well done!

As always, it has been a pleasure seeing their happy faces, albeit via Zoom, and they have become more forthcoming as the week has progressed.

Our topic for this term is ‘Volcanoes’, which we will explore through our writing, Geography and Art lessons. In Art this week, Year 4 began line drawings of volcanoes and began using hatching and cross hatching.
I was extremely impressed by their use of these techniques and look forward to seeing their progression.

I will be displaying children’s artwork on Google Classrooms, for all to see, and will send out the code via class teachers.  Here are Alexander’s, Charlotte’s and Elsie’s wonderful drawings.

Year 5

This was not the return to school any of us had wanted but I have been impressed at how well the children have accepted it and come back prepared. Fortunately, we had no issues with technology as they are used to using Google Classroom in their Prep. They are joining in well with class discussions and this change in lessons does not seem to have dampened their enthusiasm. Next week, their French lessons will start again which will widen their range of lessons further.
Thank you ensuring they turn up to lessons ready to work and we will continue to maintain high expectations that I am sure they will rise to.
We started to look at our next civilisation – Indus Valley – and they did some wonderful ‘jam boards’. If you have not seen these, ask them and I am sure they will enjoy sharing them. It is a wonderful way that they can work collaboratively and also share ideas.

Year 6

Year 6 are starting a new topic on ‘Extreme Earth’ and, via Zoom, we had a fantastic discussion about the range of weather and associated phenomena on our planet. Have you ever found yourself in a blizzard? Do you know what it feels like to be caught in a hurricane? Have you ever witnessed an earthquake or climbed a volcano? Over the forthcoming weeks, Year 6 will be sharing their personal experiences and, if we come across any must-see YouTube clips, we are going to share the links in lessons. For example, you might have seen the clip of snowboarders racing an avalanche down the side of a mountain – that’s what I call extreme!

 

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children and looking forward to another full and eventful week of online learning,

Lynda Brereton