Our RE topic for the next four weeks is based around the theme of Family.
We will be considering the big question: Who is my family? Why do we have a family?
The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows. Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit. God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family. While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.
We shall be exploring how we show love and care to our families. We shall be revealing God’s love and care towards us and all families.
We shall be focuses on the following scriptures:
Psalm 63: 6-9 Psalm 16: 7-9 G Psalm 28: 6-8 Luke 12: 27-30
Key words for the topic are:
Family, belong, God, love, care, different, God’s children, psalm, family of God, response
For their RE home learning, I ask of the children to write a Thank You prayer to God, thanking him for our families.
What an exciting start to Year 1 we have had. It is wonderful to have the whole class back together with such enthusiasm for what the year brings. The class have settled in very well and it’s lovely how positive they enter the classroom with readiness to learn. With the developing outdoor area, we are making the most of the weather taking learning outside for some lessons.
Over the summer, I transformed the classroom to support Continuous Provision to enhance child initiated learning. I believe this has helped with the transition from Reception to Year 1. The children will have ‘challenges’ to complete throughout the week in the different ‘zones’ of learning. The amount of challenges will build throughout the year. For the Curriculum Overview, you shall find a link on the right hand side of the class blog. The journey to Continuous Provision is very exciting and allows the children to repeatedly secure their understanding of learning throughout the week.
Year 1 is a big Phonics year. Entering Year 1, children are ‘expected’ to be secure in all Phase 3 sounds, ready for learning alternative sounds in Phase 5. Phase 4 is a very small phase where no new sounds are introduced, but supports children to read quicker. Please continue to read with your child and encourage them to recognise Phase 3 sounds within words.
If there is anything you would like to discuss, I am happy to speak at the end of the school day (from a distance). 😀
It has been a weird but wonderful year and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching all your children. Their enthusiasm, engagement and excitement has been incredible every single day we have been in class. They adapted so well to Google Classroom online learning and showed such resilience.
A HUGE thank you to you all for all your kind words and thoughtful gifts. I am blown away. The book is just gorgeous and I shall treasure it. Reading the children’s comments and thinking back to the great times we had in class puts a huge smile on my face. Lot’s of children remember our ‘bonkey’ moment!
If you have the opportunity during the holiday, please encourage your child to read a variety of texts and practise their letter formation while handwriting. I wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing summer holiday.
I would like to start by saying how proud myself and Mr King are with how sensible and positive the children, from both groups, have been settling back to school. They have been great educators to each other sharing what they know about keeping safe during this time. A huge well done and air high five to them!
I hope they have enjoyed this weeks learning. I have greatly enjoyed being back in the classroom with their smiley faces.
I would like to share a video with you that made my week. On Tuesday, both groups collected materials from their playground areas to make birds nests. We then went to the field and they got to work to create their nests. They all really enjoyed this activity and wanted to come back to check them the next day. Watch the video below see what they found.
All I can say is I have watched this video multiple times and each time it puts a massive smile on my face 😀
As we are now back at school and as outlined in Mr Bedford’s letter, Mr King and I will be no longer be able to set and respond Home Learning in the usual way.
A fantastic resources is BBC Bitesize where you can find daily lessons for Maths, English and lots of other subjects. You can find the link on our Google Classroom, along with links to other handy websites.
Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!
We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.
There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)
And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner!
As the number of weeks away from our usual routines of work, school and activities with friends grows, it is increasingly important to focus on looking after our mental health.
In response to the impact that COVID-19 and isolation poses to our wellbeing, many organisations are offering support and resources – we would like to share some which your may find helpful. These include:
• The ‘Schools and Families Advice Line’ (SFAL) is a new service established to provide emotional wellbeing advice and early help to children and young people, school staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be really worrying when you, or someone you know is going through a difficult time. If you feel this service could help, please call the Single Point of Access (SPA) who will take your details before passing them onto a call back service. Telephone: 0300 777 0707 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org You will then get a call back from a mental health practitioner between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
• The Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing project by the Herts Mind Network are offering free webinars for young people and parents/carers. You can book onto a session by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2QZqK4f Below is a snapshot of some webinars being held:
• Mentally Healthy Schools have put together a list of helpful links focused on coping exercises and activities:
Over the next two weeks, I would like you to research and collect information about a country which you can compare to The UK. This can be any country of your choice. I would like you to spend time thinking about how you are going to present this information, whether on a poster, a fact file, maybe even a video. You can choose how you would like to show off all your information. As you have two weeks to complete this, I am hoping that would will be able to show lots of facts and information off. Take pride in your learning and presentation.
Once everyone has submitted, I shall add them to one section of the classroom. You will then be able to look at other’s learning to find out interesting facts about other countries.
I are going to greatly miss seeing and teaching your children face-to-face during the duration of the school being closed. Please know that your children are still at the forefront of my mind. Mr King and I will do everything that we can to support them and you during this time.
I have sent the children home with a Home Learning book where they can record their learning. Enclosed inside was information regarding logging on to various platforms; MyMaths, Google Classroom and J2E. I also sent the children home with a planted sunflower and diary for them to start recording the life of their sunflower as they observe it grow.
I shall be posting home learning in the ‘Home Learning’ section of the blog at 9am during the week. Please complete this depending on your families circumstance.
We are in this together and I aim to provide engaging and creative opportunities for learning during this time.
I appreciate your support and kind words and look forward to returning to normality soon. The class have made me so proud this year, blossoming into wonderful, thoughtful and kind individuals. My thoughts are with you all.
Hoping you and your families are well.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk – phonics
www.phonicsbloom.com – phonics
www.teachyourmonsterstoread.com (website is free, paid app) – reading