Friday 1st May
I hope that you and your families are all well and that you've had a good week. I don't know about you, but the weather has made this week very different to the previous weeks! While I quite like the rain sometimes, it's been hard when it makes it dreary and chilly and you can't get outside as much. But good news, the forecast looks a little brighter this weekend and next week!
It was so lovely to see so many of you in our zoom chat on Monday. It was almost as good as being back in the classroom (almost!). We had some real laugh out loud moments (I think my favourite was when Jack changed his username to Mrs Sandell!). I'm going to try and make this a weekly thing. Hopefully that will motivate all of us (including me!) for another week of home learning and I can also talk you through the work that we've set so that hopefully it's a bit easier to get stuck into. And you can ask any questions you have or share anything you're really proud of.
Have you checked out the class story page? I've just uploaded the final chapter! We've finally finished it! It's very weird to listen to your own voice and I did have to restart some chapters a few times - I wish I'd kept the outtakes for you! If you enjoyed the story, there's a second book out called 'Wundersmith' (and it's just as good as the first book) and the third book 'Hollowpox' is coming out in August. I can't wait!
Thanks for continuing to share photos of your super home learning. I'll keep uploading them onto the showcase so you can see what others are up to, but I thought I'd share some that particularly impressed me this week:
Who wants to join Freddie V-R on his island? I like the idea that there are no guns, only water guns and that you get free ice cream on sunny days! Freddie, I think you'll have lots of people wanting to live on your island!
Check out Theo E's writing. He managed to fill 3 pages retelling the 'Lifted' video clip. It's a really funny retelling and full of description. I think he spent quite a long time on it, but it was definitely worth it!
I thought I'd end today with an old photo! My mum has been spending lockdown going through all of our old photos and making digital copies and, of course, she's been sending through the best and most embarrassing to our family group. Check out how cool I looked when we went on holiday with my Nan! I've been told I loved those sunglasses! I thought I'd share because we all need something to make us smile at the moment!
Take care and hope to speak to lots of you on Monday morning.
Thursday 23rd April
I hope that you and your families are safe and well and that you all had a lovely Easter!
I had a very chilled couple of weeks and I was so glad that the weather was so nice. It meant that I could get out for walks, in the garden and I even dusted off my bike and have had some great fun riding around my local area. As you can imagine I did lots of reading, Orphans of the Tide was my favourite - I couldn't put it down. It takes place in the last City and is about an orphan called Ellie who saves a mysterious boy after he washed up inside a whale. Everyone thinks he is the Enemy - the god who drowned the world. Ellie and her friends go on an adventure to find the truth about where he came from and who he really is. Here's me reading in my garden!
As I said, I've been enjoying getting out in the sunshine. It's very strange how quiet it is out there, are you finding the same? On the right is a picture of my local park - almost deserted. Which is good for social distancing, but I'm so used to it being filled with lots of people. Let's hope it gets back that way very soon.
I've also been trying to make my garden look nice - which is hard because I'm not very good in the garden! I don't like digging too much in case there are spiders(!) and I don't really know what I'm doing! Maybe I should invite Mr Harverson round to help me once all this is over! On the left is a picture of what I've done so far!
I know some of you liked seeing Tilly last time, so here she is having fun in the garden. One minute after taking this picture, she decided to climb the fence into the bushes only to realise she didn't fit! So she dangled from the branches until she fell. Nutter! Have you had a chance to try out a new skill? I have been trying to re-learn how to play the piano. I've borrowed a keyboard from school and have spent a little time practising each day in the holidays. I'm still quite slow at sight-reading the music, but I think I'm getting there. I'll upload a sample of me playing at some point soon! So watch this space.
I hope that you have managed to settle back into a routine this week - I know I've certainly found it hard. But it's been quite nice to have some structure back to the day. Thanks for all the work you've sent in over the last couple of weeks, it really makes me smile. I love seeing your learning and also all the other fun things you're doing. Whether it's seeing your artistic talents, your culinary masterpieces (did you know Polly is an impressive cook!?) your funky Easter bonnets etc. And I can exclusively reveal that Fred L made his roast dinner! Here's a picture of it on the left. It looks delicious Freddie!
I'm in school tomorrow which is why I thought I'd post today. I'd really like to try and set up a class zoom chat next week too, so we can all have a chat and a giggle together. Once I've worked out the logistics I'll let you know. In the meantime, stay safe, look out for each other, keep emailing me your fab work and achievements and keep smiling.
Wow what a valiant last minute effort in your TTRockstars battle with 6B. We didn't quite make it, but you were so close! Nice tactics, you just need to start that final push a little sooner next time! Well done to Theo E - Our MVP! And to Jack, Rebecca, Marwan and Freddie V-R who all made the top 5!
Friday 3rd April
I know I said this yesterday, but it has been so lovely to be able to stay in touch and hear all about what you're getting up to at home. The photos that you are sending in make me smile, especially when I get to see your wonderful faces, so I thought I'd send a few letting you know what I've been up to and also a couple of messages from Mrs Alsford and Mrs Lacey.
I've spent quite a lot of time on my computer over the last couple of weeks making sure that there's plenty online for you to use in your home learning and responding to all your wonderful emails. As I said, I've been into school some days - you can see my 'leaf bashing' print that I did during forest school in the woodland walk one afternoon. It was great fun! Joe Wicks has been really good at motivating me in the mornings (although it's quite a killer on the legs!) and I've been out for my daily walk as well which has been great on the sunny days. Tilly (below) has been keeping me company at home and I've managed to fit in some reading and Netflix at home! Thanks Imy for recommending 'No Ballet Shoes in Syria', that's going to be my Easter reading! I've also been in touch with lots of friends and family using zoom, house party etc. - I'm normally rubbish at staying in touch so at least that's one good thing to come out of this!
Mrs Alsford has been enjoying running in the common with her dog and kids every day - she's clocked up more running mileage in 2 weeks than she has all year! Beautiful butterflies are out now and she spotted a bat dipping into a pond. She's also been very busy in the garden planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. Emoji quizzes have become regular evening entertainment in the Alsford household and with her extended family online - she says she's getting quite good at them now! Mrs Alsford says: "I hope you're all enjoying your home learning - we loved making mini terrariums!" You can see a picture below.
Mrs Lacey has also been out and about making the most of the good weather. She has been having outdoor science lessons on her daily walks exploring the life in the pond. She and her girls have also been decorating plant pots and growing cress. Check out the picture below! She's also been spending some quality time with their ratties - so cute!
We hope you all have a lovely two week break - you have all worked so hard this term and coped so fantastically over the last two weeks and you really do deserve to have lots of fun! Stay in touch with each other, look after each other, be kind and we hope to see you in person very soon. But for now here's one to keep you going!
Happy Easter from
Miss Simpson, Mrs Lacey and Mrs Alsford
Thursday 2nd April
I hope you're all doing well at home and that your managing to have lots of fun alongside your learning. I must say it has been very strange adapting to working from home and going into school once or twice a week to teach and look after those who are having to come in. I'd love to say that I've caught up on all those jobs I always say I'm going to do, but I've just been adjusting to new routines (at least that's my excuse!).
It's been so lovely to keep up with what you've been up to via email, I've missed your happy faces in the classroom! From lego challenges to impressive baking feats to super writing to seeing you enjoying the lovely sunshine we had last week, it has really made me smile to see you doing so well. I am incredibly proud of how you have adapted and all you're managing to achieve and I can't wait to see what you get up to next (we're still waiting to hear about Freddie's roast dinner!!).
You were top class in spelling shed for so long, well done! We've been overtaken by 6G now so keep up the efforts and let's try and knock them off the top spot!! Well done for your efforts in our TTRockstars battle too - 21000 is an impressive score and would win against any of the other classes battling. We may be behind, but I reckon if everyone gives it a final push we can take them by surprise in the final stages!! Keep going!
Keep watching this space as I'm going to be keeping in touch more on this part of the website and tomorrow I'll include some photos and posts from Mrs Lacey and Mrs Alsford too (who are also missing your smiley faces!).
Stay safe and keep in touch