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Wellbeing and Online Safety
I bet some of you have been feeling a little bit strange, worried or even a bit frightened about what is going on in the news and wondering why we aren’t at school. Please remember it is important to look after your wellbeing, meaning both your physical and mental health so that you stay calm, healthy and happy. Remember to tell an adult if you are worried (Grown-ups please check the home page for recommended links to support your child through this difficult time). You could also do some Cosmic Kids Yoga or Peace Out Relaxation to help calm your feelings. Why not show your family how we do it at school? Perhaps they could join in too!
You may be using the internet a lot more too so it’s important to remember how to stay safe online. Ask a grown up to read Smartie the Penguin’s story on the link below. There are lots of fun activities to reinforce his message on there too.
Thursday 2nd April – Look at the super writing I’ve been sent today. Kingsley wrote about how he made his mummy happy on Mother’s Day. He made me happy too with this independent writing! Thank you Kingsley! Finn wrote his weekend news and Mia practised her phonics and made a fact file about sheep. She also made a super kite to fly in her garden. Violet wrote labels to add to her pressed flowers and leaves. (Grown ups – that’s a great way to get some writing practise in!). She has also been practising odd and even numbers and made a super unicorn rocket with numbers down the side. Well done to all today’s superstar learners!
Wednesday 1st April – A new month and a new revamp to the Apple Class page. We have had so many lovely photos to share each day that it’s taking too long to scroll down to see them all. From today, we will add new posts and photos to the top of the page so you can keep up to date on what we’ve all been up to.
Today, I have had a lovely letter from Geo, some super nature photos from Phee, great weekend news from Violet and a great bird feeder idea from Josh using a cardboard tube, peanut butter and bird seed. Well done to Finn for completing his Step Back in Time Project. After watching Horrible Histories, he decided he wanted to do the Greek philosopher, Socrates (I wasn’t expecting that!). He even made a short video which we will share with the class when we return. What a great costume!
Home Learning Gallery for March 2020
Tuesday 31st March – Are you up for a lego challenge? I wonder what your favourite day will be. Some children in Apple Class have started the challenge already. Don’t forget to send in your photos.
Monday 30th March – I was so touched by Olivia’s letter. We miss you all but are so proud of all the super home learning that is going on. Keep it up superstars!
Friday 27th March – Good morning Apple Class, what a strange week this has been not seeing you everyday! I have been really uplifted though by the wonderful photos and emails received this week. Please keep them coming next week and let me know if you are happy for photos to be uploaded to the gallery. It is a great way to share ideas with your classmates. Remember lots of learning happens through play and if you can make the most of the sunshine by being outside in the garden that’s even better! I’m just as happy to hear about that as I am to see your work. Parents, you are doing a super job! Have a good weekend and stay safe.
Thursday 26th March – Hi Apple Class, Check out Violet’s writing about the chicks! It was great to hear she had watched a video about chicks on youtube and I love the names Violet…I will pass them on to Mrs Thomson. She has since seen our post from yesterday and thinks the chicks are ‘fluffy and cute’. We have to agree!
Wednesday 25th March – Good afternoon Apple Class, I have some very exciting news to share…the eggs hatched on Monday and all six chicks are doing well! Mrs Thomson has sent these beautiful pictures through today. She has taken them home and will keep us updated.
Tuesday 24th March – Hi Apple Class, There are lots of useful websites offering ideas and support for home learning. Some are better than others so be a little cautious. Thank you for sending me your links. Here are a few of my favourites from the recommendations:-
Lots of great maths and reading games and activities on this site as well as advice for parents. Look out for Biff and Chip on here too! https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Make the most of the weather while we can. Love these outdoor ideas! https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/
I love the advice for parents and creative ideas on this site although you do need resources. Worth checking it out! https://theimaginationtree.com/
Check out Alphablocks, Numberblocks, Down on the Farm and Let’s Celebrate on cbeebies. You can also listen to audio stories on cbeebies radio: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Don’t forget to check out BBC Bitesize KS1. Check out ‘Significant People’ in the History section for ideas for your Step Back in Time project: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p
Monday 23rd March – Morning Apple Class, I thought I would start the week with a quick hello as we can’t be in school together today. I’m looking forward to hearing all about the learning you’re doing at home. Please feel free to email me photos of your work/activities/creations so we can share them on our class page. If you have any good ideas or useful links you would like to share with others please do so via my email and I will post them on. Please check out the bodycoach, Joe Wicks, who is doing a daily PE session for kids at 9am on YouTube from Monday 23rd March (thebodycoach.com). Phonics Play has also given a free subscription to all their resources and made a new site compatible with phones/tablets (new.phonicsplay.co.uk). They also have a new link for phonic comics which develop segmenting and blending skills like our school reading scheme books (www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk). Definately worth a daily visit to these sites for phonics practice! Hastings Museum have set up virtual activities via Facebook or Twitter which have a different focus each week. Might be worth a little look! I have added a suggested timetable in the home learning section above for those wanting structure to the day but please adapt it to suit your child’s needs. Please don’t forget to have fun and remember lots of learning happens through play! I look forward to hearing from you via email and will post again soon. Stay safe (wash those hands) and be the superheroes I know you all are!
From Mrs Cullingworth