Highlights from the week!
Some children are still coming to school as their parents are key workers. We’ve been doing all the learning that teachers have been setting on homework pages, but have had plenty of time for other activities too.
We’ve painted some beautiful rainbows…
…and we’ve made creations out of clay. Aren’t they good?
Joe Wickes PE sessions have proved very hard work…
Sometimes we’re just going outside to play games instead. Anything to keep fit and healthy!
We were even lucky enough to have a visit from a teacher in our federation who is also a musician. Mrs Richardson performed for the children by singing, playing keyboard and even using a singing bowl. We kept our 2m away but we could hear it just fine! It was a lovely experience and we were all very impressed. Thanks very much Mrs Richardson for coming in.
I love music! Are you learning an instrument at home? I’m practising my drums as often as I can. It’s a good opportunity to get better. I’ve got a guitar that I haven’t played in a while too… I might have to pick it up again! Why not take a short video of you playing something on your piano, guitar, drums or whatever other instrument you’re learning and send it to me? My email address is [email protected] If you’re happy for me to share them on our website’s news pages, please let me know. I’m sure others would love to see them too!
One of our favourite activities has proven to be marble runs. We’ve spent quite a while planning and constructing these, with the courses our marbles are running gradually getting more and more complex. We’ve now got some working with tubes and foam tracks and it’s very satisfying. When I can work out how to get a video on here, I’ll post one for you to see ours in action!
Do you want to try? They’re fun to make and don’t take any special equipment or materials – just a marble. You can then use anything to make the run:
- Lego bricks
Don’t forget to start somewhere high so gravity can help.
Thank you so much for all of your questions for my grandad about his teddy. As there were so many, I couldn’t choose them all but I made sure that I asked him at least one of the questions that each of you sent me. Find his answers below:
How old is your teddy?
“He is 85 years old in August.”
Where did you get it from?
“My mother’s friend got it for me as a present when I was one week old.”
What is its name?
“I just call it Teddy.”
What does it feel like?
“It’s quite hard but soft in places.”
Does it go everywhere with you?
“Not anymore – it just stays in my house. It used to when I was a little boy. I moved around a lot, especially when I younger during the Second World War.”
Why is it so unfluffy?
“It used to have lots of fur but it has become worn over the years. My mother had to repair it a few times.
Does it have other clothes?
“No. It has another suit but it got damaged during the war so my mum had to make it this shirt. It’s worn this shirt since around 1941.”
Have you ever lost your teddy?
“Yes – once. I left it on a train in Lincolnshire around 1944. Luckily, someone noticed I had left it and gave to the train porter who left it at the next station. My mother sent a letter to the train company to see if anywhere had it. They sent a letter back, telling her it was waiting for us at Lincoln station and we went and picked it up.”
Do you still love your teddy?
“Of course I do. I once watched a television show where you could send in your old toys to be restored. I never wanted to do that as then it wouldn’t be my teddy.
When my mum went to drop some things round at my grandad’s house, he had this little message for you.
He’s hoping that when we get back to school, he will be able to come and visit you all so that you can meet him and his teddy.
Home learning tasks
Wow! I’ve been so impressed with some of the great learning that is happening at home.
Well done, Year One!
Take a look at some of the learning that you and your friends have done:
Remember, feel free to send me any learning you’ve done at [email protected]
Keep it up 🙂
On Friday, the children completed a Sports Relief challenge. Their challenge was to see how many laps of the MUGA they could do in 30 minutes. They set their own target and tried to achieve it. You can see on their faces how much fun they had!
To celebrate World Book Day, the children brought in their favourite book from home. The children in Year One have a real love of reading and couldn’t wait to read and share their books with their friends.
Living and Learning: body image parent and carer guide
Our focus in Living and Learning, for the rest of this half term, is body image.
What is body image?
Body image describes our idea of how our body looks and how we think it is perceived by others. This can include our thoughts and feelings about our height, weight, shape, skin colour, and our appearance and attractiveness more broadly.
This parent and carer guide has been designed to give practical ideas to support your child in building their emotional resilience in this area.
Living and Learning: manners
Our manners focus this week, in Living and Learning, is all about covering our mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
You’re just about to sneeze or cough but, oh dear, you don’t have a tissue. What should you do? Cover your mouth and nose with your hands? Surely that’s what polite people do.
But hold it! If you sneeze or cough into your hands (and then fail to wash your hands straight away), you’ll only be spreading colds and flu germs on everything you touch.
And that’s because germs (as long as they stay moist) can live for HOURS on hard surfaces such as tables, phones and door handles. And not just on objects – everybody you touch will be contaminated, too.
And of course, vice versa – if somebody else has sneezed or coughed on their hands, they’re leaving a germ-trail for you to pick up.
So what’s it best to do?
Here it is in action.
World Book Day themed menu
Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 5th March. Please contact the office, in the next few days, if your child would like a school dinner on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).
New school dinner menu
The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards. We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers. We will continue to offer a meat free day every week. This will be every Tuesday.
Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.
If you would like a paper copy of the menu, please ask at the office.
Remember, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 continue to receive free school meals and we encourage pupils to take up this offer. For families in other year groups, please check if you are eligible to receive free school meals for your child/children.
We welcome feedback on the school dinner menu from pupils and parents/carers.
Living and Learning: Children’s Mental Health Week
Young Minds is also a great source of information and support about young people’s mental health.
Mental health forms part of our Living and Learning long term plan and we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. This maybe through the use of mindfulness and calming down techniques, recognising their own and others’ emotions and knowing how to seek help if needed. This guide shares some of the techniques we use.
In addition to Children’s Mental Health Week, Every Mind Matters is a national mental health campaign from Public Health England.