It has been another busy week, with each year group engaging well in their remote lessons. We have now completed two weeks with extra children in school and we love seeing more of them.
There have been a couple of exciting announcements made this week. The first from Mr Barendse, who has organised our first Virtual Sports Day for for next Friday. Everyone from will be competing from home and recording their times and achievements. It's going to be an exciting day and we can't wait to see which house will bring home the cup. As a reminder, there will be no remote teaching on Sports Day and no school for our Early Years
Our second announcement relates to the wellbeing of pupils, which in the current circumstances is more important than ever. We have sent out letters to parents this week inviting children from Years 1 - 5 to come into school for a 45 minute wellbeing session next week. I'm afraid it isn't practical to host this sort of event for our Early Years children, and we plan to invite the Year 6 pupils in closer to the end of term, but we are delighted to offer this opportunity to the other year groups who must be missing school and their friends enormously. We will of course be observing social distancing and following government guidelines. These sessions are optional, but we hope they will provide the children with a much-needed boost, and as Mrs Skorupska reminded me, "We need physical distancing, not social distancing."
On Tuesday afternoon Mrs Underwood's class were delighted that Sister Michaela, their prayer partner, was able to join them for a Zoom call. The children enjoyed showing Sister Michaela their peace flags that they had made in RE. They were very excited to see Sister Micheala's special Liverpool FC teddy, Star Trek teddy and her cuddly Eeyore! Sister Michaela spoke to the children about the work that she does in schools in Lancashire and she shared with them information about her life in the monastery. The children are looking forward to seeing Sister Michaela again before the end of term and can't wait to see more of her teddy bear collection.
Year 4 have been demonstrating their ingenuity and creativity by making cushions from only recycled materials. They have produced some fantastic designs and the execution was excellent.
In Geography Year 3 are learning about volcanoes, specifically Mount Vesuvius, to tie in with their History topic, The Romans. In English they have been reading 'Escape from Pompeii'. Today, incorporating all of this knowledge and some art, design and chemistry, they made their own erupting volcanoes!
We always like to support our local community and this has become increasingly important during the pandemic. Our Key Worker children were in school today helping to load up the van with care packages prepared by our Year 5s.
The younger pupils in our school have been busy with nature this week. Year 1 have been showing Mrs Bohannon their green fingers by growing things at home. Visit our Home Learning Hub for the latest pictures. Our Early Years children have been outside on a mini beast safari, discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful insects in their gardens and outside at school.
Navraj Chadha has been nominated by Ms Underwood for being very hard working and for having a positive approach to learning. "Navraj participates fully in our Zoom calls and is enthusiastic about his learning. He is making lots of effort and I am very proud of him." Well done Navraj!
Mrs Hupalo would like to nominate Rohan Randhawa for his enthusiasm in all lessons and Zara Angelo for her contributions to Maths and English lessons this week. Mrs Hupalo added, "Thank you to all the students who are so prompt for their lessons."
Mahaan has been nominated by Mrs Verma. "I would like to commend him for his hard working attitude especially in English. His most recent writing was based on the style of Morris Gleitzman and reflects how Mahaan has learnt to write using a number of techniques and has readily acted upon the advice given to ensure his writing continues to flourish." Mrs Verma would also like to nominate Roshan. "I would like to commend Roshan for his simply brilliant attitude to learning. Roshan - you are a delight to teach! His most recent writing was based on our class novels - Once & Then. It highlights how Roshan's writing has matured over the term. He listens to everything and then acts upon it. Well done!"
For beautiful examples of the Year 5's written work visit our Home Learning Hub
In Science Mrs Skorupska would like to nominate Jaspreet Khera in Year 5. "Jaspreet made an amazing 8 min video of an investigation with her sister Manpreet." Brilliant work Jaspreet and Manpreet.
Well done to everyone for another great week. Plenty of positive attitudes, lots of hard work and we have helped the local community. We look forward to next week, which promises to be a good one with some social interactions, physically distanced and our first virtual sports day. I'd better brush off my trainers!