Hello again to all of Cedar class and families!
I hope that you are all doing well and keeping safe during this time. It certainly is very different isn't it? I have loved hearing from so many of you and have really LOVED seeing your photos of what you have been doing. My goodness, you and your families have certainly been busy and so imaginative! I've seen bird watching, pottery, drawings, tennis, reading, exercising and LOTS of cooking and baking. It all looks really good. I think we may have some future Master Chefs in the making!
I have been enjoying the sunshine of course, even though it has to be at home, it's really lovely, you all know how much I love the warm weather!
I miss seeing each one of you and think about you often. I hope that you are all keeping safe and being kind to all those around you.
Be sure to check all the photos I've put on our class page and keep sending them!
Sending love to you all
There seems to be a bit of miscommunication about the pictures for the hospital, so as soon as I know for sure what's happening, I'll let you know the details.
Sorry about that!
Hello Cedar Class!
I wanted to contact each of you to find out how you have been and what you have been up to. I've heard from Jasper, Aleysha and Jayden, and I hope that all of you will get a chance to email and let me know how you've been doing and what you've been doing to pass the time. Did you all see the newsletter which Mr. Douglas emailed out? Send me some pics of what you're doing and I'll pass it on to Mr. Douglas for the next newsletter. You can also send some of the writing you may be doing or pictures you're drawing.
I have decided to keep a journal of what is going on. I find that it helps me to write down not only what is happening, but also some of the things that may be worrying me, it always seems to help me to actually write it down. I've also made a point to each day write three things that I'm grateful for. Often it's really small things like a nice warm shower or cup of hot chocolate, but it's also things like a family who is well or living in a country where there is a wonderful health system. Give it a try if you want.
I'm going to try and send you all a message once a week on this page, and also any fun things I may find. Sorry I can't give you any Custard Creams!
So, look after yourselves, remember to read every day and above all, be kind to everyone around you.
I miss you all and think of you everyday
I can hardly believe that we are half way through the school year already! I hope you're all surviving the winter, it's been a real shock to my African blood and I'm told that the worst is yet to come!
The class has progressed well and it's been really interesting seeing how well they've taken to doing Shakespeare's Macbeth in English. They have loved doing the reader's theatre and have enjoyed reading some of the acts in groups.
Science has continued to be a firm favourite, often with them learning through what doesn't work! I apologise if the children are coming home and doing 'experiments' in your kitchen! Remember it's all in the name of Science!
A highlight for me was the international day where I got to share South Africa with the class. It was wonderful to see their artwork and the writing they did about the country, Oscar and Jayden wrote a beautiful poem which made me feel quite emotional! Thank you to all the families who were able to visit our classroom and see some of the work the children did.
I have attached a copy of the spelling words which the children will be tested on for the rest of the year. We will begin with Spring 2 when we return and will write a spelling test on each Friday. Please assist them to learn these as well as the Statutory Words for Year 5&6. Could I also appeal to families to ensure that their children are reading age appropriate books. The children need to be challenged, many of them are still reading books which are far too easy for them. We do have some books which they can borrow from the class and school library. I would also encourage you to make use of the charity shops which often have some lovely children's books at very reasonable prices.
May I also just send a gentle reminder regarding home learning. The children are required to read 5 times a week for 15 minutes, practise times tables for 15 minutes, learn spelling for 15 minutes as well as completing a home learning assignment which is given once a week. I know that it does sound like a lot, but it is really good for them to develop good study habits before they get to secondary school. Please sign planners every day.
PE Kit - Please ensure that PE kits are returned to school in the new term.
So after all that, may I wish you all a lovely few days off, relax and keep warm!
Hello to all the Cedar class children and parents!
It's been a whirlwind of a term so far and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon!
The class have been busy with settling in to a new year and new work as well as getting used to a new 'foreign' teacher who speaks with a funny accent and uses some strange words, but they have been great and have made me feel really welcome! I think we've all had a few laughs along the way!
The class enjoyed the topic on Space in the first half term and many of them wrote some lovely pieces about their journey to space. I hope that many of you got to read them at parents evening. I was particularly happy that so many of you commented that their writing had improved, that's exactly what we want!
Right now we are doing the story of Beowulf and looking at the Anglo Saxons - this has really captured their imaginations and they are enjoying this topic immensely. They all enjoyed their visit to the Anglo-Saxon village on Monday. I hope to be posting some of their work soon on this page, so keep an eye out for that.
Science has become a real favourite with the class as we are trying to let them have a 'hands on' experience with discovering different forces this term, they regularly ask when we are doing Science again and that is so encouraging!
Thank you all for your support, encouragement and interest in your child's education. Lastly, just a quick quote from one of my favourite people - "Education is one of the most powerful tools we can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela)