I hope you are all well in these extraordinary times.
It is important I believe that we make every effort to remain positive and optimistic about the future.
I will be talking to the children today at our assembly about the value of daydreaming. All incredible achievements start with a dream about the possibility of something amazing happening. Those initial dreams sometimes become reality. I hope our children are able to dream about the possibility of something amazing happening. I hope our children continue to dream about the future and plan events in the near future and even in the long term. It is good to think about what they would like to achieve one day and the necessary steps along the way to achieve their goal.
Many children joined a Fire Safety zoom today and asked some sensible questions at the end of the session. We are never too young to think about sensible safety precautions to help prevent fires. We all have a part to play in keeping our homes and school safe. I wonder how many children are dreaming about fire engines today and the possibility of sitting in one?! I hope that this may be possible soon.
Thank you again for all you are doing, supporting your children with their school work. The majority of our children are working hard and the teachers are very pleased with the effort they continue to make.
We are grateful for all the feedback we receive and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way.
I have read today that the R number may have fallen in the UK to below 1.0, positive news indeed.
Here's some artwork produced by the juniors this week - I've been really encouraged by the effort and super attitude of everyone during the Zoom lessons, and this small sample of fantastic art work proves how talented and hard-working our pupils are. Well done!
Class 3 - Project - landscapes - Eva -copy of David Hockney - 'Going up Garrowby Hill'
Class 4 - Project - Knitwear design - Billy - Fair Isle Graph
This week the children have been learning about their very own planet Earth! They have learnt that it is very different to the other planets in the solar system because it is the only planet where life is sustainable. This, of course includes humans, animals and plant life. The children have been able to distinguish between land and sea when making these collages. The collages are now up on our display board in our classroom, as part of our main display.
Mr Jo Jingles has been with us, not in person but via zoom! The children have been following his songs and moving to the instructions. Great fun!
I am very proud of how these young people are adapting to the new ways we do things during this tricky time. Well done Pre-school!
It has been another busy week of learning for both the children at home and in school. We started off the week with the famous traditional story ‘Chicken Licken’ and the children enjoyed sequencing the main events in the story. They then went on to write a sentence about the story and made some amusing Chicken Licken puppets and role play masks.
The children also had a very lively Spanish Zoom session with Madame Balestra. They were really engaged learning a Spanish song with so many actions and dance moves! Great movers Reception!!
Every Friday, all the children have a fun dressing up day on their Zoom call and this week they had to share which character they had come dressed as with their friends, as well as bring in their favourite book to share. It was a fun and very lively session.
Well done everyone, I am very proud of all the fabulous learning that you are doing at both school and home.
This week, all of Class One, be they at home or at school, have been working their socks off! I have been delighted by the quality of the work scanned in, delivered and collected! The topics that have kept us busy have included Winter, caring for the Earth and doing our best to help maintain the environment for all creatures including humans. In Numeracy, the children have enjoyed using a gigantic teaching clock to set the time and record their answers. Hopefully no one has been too dizzy turning full, half and quarter turns clockwise and anti-clockwise. Excellent effort from the Class One Team! Well done. Mrs Bell
The children of Class Two have been reading Elmer stories and completing a wide range of tasks surrounding it. This week, the project has now progressed into writing reports about elephants, descriptive writing and even alliterations! Working at home does not stop the children from working extremely hard. The children had a brief criteria of what to include (appearance, diet, interesting facts, and so on) and an example report to work with. I think you will agree that the work is truly wonderful and I am amazed at the level of detail for such a young age!
At a time when we cannot see our friends and families as often as we like, I thought it was important for Class Two, to reflect on who their friends are and WHY they are your friend.
On Friday we continued our topic on Ancient Greece. We compared the lives of boys and girls growing up in Athens and Sparta during this time. This led to a lively debate with the children about where they would have liked to have spent their childhood and whether they would have preferred to have been a boy or a girl.
In English, our comprehension text was the opening extract from The Diary Of The Killer Cat by Anne Fine. It describes the life of an ordinary cat doing ordinary cat things (catching birds, chasing mice and digging up the garden etc). However the cat's owners don't approve of Tuffy's antics.
Our Maths focus this week has been problem solving. The children have been applying their knowledge of Maths to solve increasingly more difficult word problems. They have stuck at it all week and have achieved some fantastic results.
During our STEAM session we continued to follow the artist John Dyers trip to the Amazon rainforest. This week focusing on the plants. The children produced a fact file about some of the plants and had a go at drawing and painting them.
Well done Class 3
A very proud Miss Linehan
Eva (Class 3) has started online art classes on a Saturday. As you can see she has a real talent for the subject. This Saturday the focus is all about Henry Rousseau. I wait to see what she produces on Monday.
This week class 5 have been writing Haiku poetry in their English lessons. They have based their Haiku's on The Planets music composed by Gustav Holst. Each day the children listened to a different planet before writing their poem based on what they heard and felt during the piece of music. Here are some examples can you guess the planet?
Class 6 have been working hard - some days feel like endless zoom lessons! It's amazing how tiring this can be. We have kept our chins firmly up this week knowing that this is the hard half-way point to half term; after Friday only 3 weeks to go!
We have also begun learning some of the songs from the Summer Production: Shakespeare Rocks! This will go ahead, whatever happens - even if we have to record it online and edit the video together. Although we'd much rather perform it live!
I try to make sure we break up the lessons with different activities and a chance for them to chat to each other.
In this week's STEAM we made sock monsters. This was great fun! An opportunity to be creative and use our craft skills and whatever we had available.
On many occasions, you have heard that children adapt more easily than adults to the changes that may occur in their lives. Whether it is the birth of a brother, meeting new friends, a move ... and, in recent times, the new events that the pandemic forces us to carry out in our daily lives.
But is this concept real or just a feeling that has no scientific basis? Neuroscience can give us the key, since there is a specific period during childhood in which neurological plasticity is greater due to the fact that the brain is in training, which allows greater flexibility in the cognitive capacities of the human being.
After birth, and in the first years of life, neuronal immaturity is very marked and this requires, and in turn allows, neuronal remodeling through apoptosis and the myelination process.
At birth, more neurons are produced than will be used throughout our lives and, therefore, the body performs the biochemical process known as apoptosis or programmed cell death that allows a refinement of neuronal circuits. Through external and internal stimuli, the most competent circuits will be the ones that last.
The myelination process acts in the different brain areas in the first years of life, configuring a network of connections between brain areas and cognitive abilities. By promoting brain activity through its stimulation, we will make this network richer, thus favoring neural development.
However, these psychobiological skills that allow the child to adapt to the environment in which he is born and develop in the first years of life are totally associated with emotional factors, so there may be numerous differences between people depending on the child's emotional abilities.
We can conclude that, due to a biological tendency, children have more facility in the adaptation processes than adults and that these adaptive abilities can be improved by training our brain and our heart in the adaptive strategies of cognitive and emotional processes, making the most of the neuronal flexibility during the early childhood.
Therefore, for those parents who have a hard time the first days of school or who do not know how children will react to the arrival of a little sibling at home or to a process of change, we want to convey a message of tranquility, since your children are more prepared than us adults to adapt to any new situation.