To My Lovely Lot,
I hope you are all well, keeping happy and healthy.
I have thought of you every day, wondering how you are and what you have doing. We have been doing a lot of exercise at school, keeping up with the Joe Wicks PE lessons (Mr Heasman’s trousers nearly split with all the squats). We also played teachers verses children at rounders, where the teachers did not make it any easier for the children and won victoriously. We’ve made visits to the nature area and the frogspawn we saw last week has now turned into tadpoles. However, we have been working hard too, reading, doing daily calculations and spellings, etc.
It has been really nice to see some of you on walks as I drive home through the village. Have you been spotting the rainbows in people’s windows?
I have also been wondering what new skills you have been learning, as we discussed. Knitting, cooking, dancing, photography? This week end, I have been developing my DIY skills, painting the house, gardening and even laying a floor!
P.S. Here are some other things I’ve heard about that are online which you may want to take a look at.
Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook
Science with Maddie Moate on Youtube
Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook
Storytime with David Walliams
Friday was a very strange day for us as teachers and it was difficult to know what to say to the children for fear of increasing their worry. I have loved every minute of teaching them and I am so lucky to have them as my class. All I can hope for is that we will all be back together learning and having fun soon! I did, however, tell them to do their best for their parents/carers, keep learning, playing, making and doing and that I would be thinking of them all every day.
PLEASE FIND ATTACHMENTS ON THE HOME LEARNING LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MAIN 'CLASS PAGES' WEB-PAGE.
For the next two weeks, each teacher will be uploading work for the week on a Monday morning (this may continue like this after Easter but, as you know, at the moment we do not know). We also understand that each child has different resources at home and that a lot of parents of still busy working themselves.
Here is an outline of work and activities that we are recommending:
- Daily Calculations (for the five days)
- Practical maths activities
- Worksheets (Please do not pick the HOT sheets if your children may struggle, these are challenge questions and are not intended for all children)
- Time table rock stars
- Daily reading
- Daily spelling practise
- Reading comprehension activity
- Writing task for the week
- Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG)
- This will be a foundation subject activity each week, such as, DT, art, science, history or geography.
- Joe Wicks (the body coach) live PE lessons every day at 9am on his YouTube channel
- Cosmic Kids Yoga (YouTube)
- GoNoodle Dances (GoNoodle website or some are available on YouTube)
- Exercise size challenge: how many star jumps, burpees, push ups and jumping lunges can you do in 1 minute? (1 minute for each)
- Purple mash will also be available to children. Our recent focuses have been learning to touch type and animate a book for the water cycle, therefore I will keep these in the children’s ‘To Dos’.
Museums and Zoos are also offering virtual tours and theatre groups are uploading plays online, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
At some point in that week we will also be uploading a more personal message or photos from our week to the class.
Roman Day – Monday 13th January
Yesterday, the children took part in a ‘Roman Day’. They started off the day as Roman boys, going to school and learning about Roman Numerals. After that they went home and practised some of the Roman girls’ jobs like cleaning, cooking and weaving.
After break the children were invited to a Roman banquet, where they learnt about Rotten Roman table manners and which foods Romans ate and brought over to Britain. They also had a go at dressing like the Romans and provided the entertainment for the banquet by learning a Roman dance.
In the afternoon, the children learnt about life in the Roman Army. They made their own shields and practised army drills and formations on the playground. Please look below for the photographs!
End of Term - Autumn 2
I would like to say a massive thank you to both the parents and children for welcoming me so warmly into Blofield School. I have enjoyed every second of teaching this class and look forward to teaching them again in the New Year.
I would also like to say a big thank you for the generous and thoughtful Christmas presents, they are much appreciated!
I have uploaded photos below of different events from Autumn 2. I hope you enjoy looking at them.