Monday 18th May 2020
Dear children and parents of Elder class,
Hello and how are you? I really hope you are ok and I would really like to see your most recent photos and updates. I am pleased that I passed the first level of my sign language course this week, ( although the first time I took the test I failed so had to go back and retake it;) so I just wanted to say that even teachers don't get it right the first time. Never give up on things that are tricky as that is when the BEST learning takes place. If you need any help, I will happily give you weblinks for videos to help you.
I know how hard you have been working as I have seen lots of your purple mash work and I 'd like to give a special mention to Ava G who did so well with her online Maths this week and also to Lauren who corrected her English work about living in 2115 and resubmitted the edited version. Aydin , Ryan and Robbie have been working hard on his online Maths and Ava L is working hard on her division.
I'm looking forward to reading your mystery work that is under the English section on the website and don't forget about showing acts of kindness for Mental Health week. See the section on PSHE on here too.
This week is our last week of learning before half term. I have loaded some spelling assessment quizzes onto purple mash for you to check your progress. Stay safe. I hope some of you have managed to meet up for a socially distanced walk. It must make things feel a lot better; especially now the sun is out.
Do look after yourselves.
Kind regards and my best wishes,
11th May 2020
Dear children and parents,
Hello everyone. I really hope that you were able to enjoy the wonderful weather over the VE bank holiday weekend and feel relaxed and refreshed to start a new week despite the uncertainty at this time. I have been on some online courses this last week and can now sign language the alphabet and use a jet washer!
It seems that this situation will continue for the immediate future so I just wanted to take a moment to clarify a couple of things.
I am marking your purple mash work; I've been really impressed with work coming in so far. I am able to send you voice notes and bespoke feedback of what you need to do to improve but if work is of a very high standard then I have also been pinning it to the Brookland School pinboard for everyone to see. This week, a special mention goes to Robbie who wrote a wonderful piece on the world in 2068 and it is on the 2displayboard if you click at the top of your purple mash screen.
Some of you made some great digital art too. Isla did a wonderful piece and so did Chloe and Isabel. Have a look on the Thank you NHS board for some of our class work.
I have received some excellent writing from Georgia and George and I'd love to see more of your writing in response to the mystery story video clips from the last two weeks.
I expect you are feeling happy that you are now able to go on family picnics and to the park if your family feel that it's ok for you to do that. Enjoy your time with your familes and stay safe and socially distanced.
All my best wishes,
4th May 2020
Dear Children and Parents,
How are you? I am sure you have settled into a new routine now and I hope you enjoyed the You Tube video that the Brookland team put together.
Last night I watched a short video that some of our children have put together too. It really brought a smile to my face! How lucky are we to have such a great school community? I hope it won't be too long before we all get together again.
I have received lots of emails and messages from you all and thank you for staying in touch. I hope you have all been managing to log on to your feedback on purple mash and I am also giving individual feedback to the extended writing tasks for this week and next on mystery stories. It is important to keep reading and writing to meet your targets.
This last week I have been planning more of your learning as well as learning British sign language. I can now fingerspell all the letters of the alphabet and am feeling very proud of myself. Lots more to learn, but I have made a start.
Remember, you can email me at any time and I'll happily support you.
Stay safe and well and look after your family.
Mrs Greathead wrote a poem. Look up any words that you don't know and maybe you could write your own. This is to show that we are all unsure of this situation at the moment and have lots of feelings about it but it won't last forever. Stay safe.
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Dear children and parents,
Hello, how are you all?
Thank you for the emails and photos that you have been sending in. It's been so nice to see your faces; I'm sure you all miss each other terribly but it has been so good to see that you are learning new ways of learning and growing together. I know many of you are using facetime and other such video apps to collaborate, learn and play together. I've been doing the same and even written a couple of quizzes and a poem.
We have all adapted in these unusual times haven't we?
I 've heard about dog walks, Nhs tributes,craft activities and left lots of voice notes on your purple mash feedback. I have absolutely no idea how they sound to you so I hope they are of some use! I'm looking forward to reading some of your mystery writing too; it would be good if you could email it to me.
We have all enjoyed wonderful weather up until now haven't we? I have been using my new lawnmower and jet washer to sort out my jungle of a garden in my spare time and enjoyed some beautiful walks noticing the blossoms and the birds, ( If only I had a dog!!)
Please continue to email me your news, share your photos and let me know how you are getting on. I miss seeing your faces and hearing your ideas.
Look after yourselves and your families and take care.
with my very warmest wishes,
20th April 2020.
Dear Children and Parents,
I hope you had a wonderful Easter at home with your families and managed to have fun and relax a little despite everything that is going on. I am missing seeing you all every day;(with your unexpected tik tok moves, lovely singing and dancing and sense of fun,) but I 'm helping my own children at home when they need it. One of my son's starts his exams at home today, imagine that!?
Mrs Tuck has added some new Maths and Science work today and I am adding a new unit for English which covers mystery and suspense stories. I am sure you will enjoy it, I did. The picture book called," the Watertower," and is a really interesting, thought provoking read. I am really keen to read your writing task where you write a diary entry as one of the characters.( Look under English on the website for this , under Year Five.)
I will continue to add to the purple mash tasks and monitor them, giving feedback and am always available on the email if you have any questions or need any help with anything. That is what I am here for and I really do want to help you.
Also, you will notice more work has been added to the website so that you don't run out of things to do! Of course, do not do everything. My advice to you is to try to master something that you find a little challenging and then email and tell me what you are proud of this week but make sure you keep up with your spellings, mental maths and multiplication, English reading and writing and general Maths. If you haven't already looked at your assessment tests that you took home, it's a good idea to try to think about the questions you went wrong on and learn from these mistakes too.
This Easter I haven't started the ukulele yet but have my practising my singing and it's improving!! Also, I have mastered lots of new technology during lockdown, ( which is harder than it sounds when you reach my lovely age!)
Stay in touch and I will always respond to your emails. If you send any photos of your home schooling, please make sure you to let me know if you give permission for it to go on the website. It will be lovely to share your learning on here and make us all feel part of the Elder class community.
Stay safe, stay well, look after each other.
All my best wishes,
3rd April 2020
Dear children and parents of Elder class,
Thank you for your messages and hard work and I hope that many of you are now adjusting to this new situation and looking after each other.
You will notice that there is a folder on the website for your photos and this will be a great way for us to all keep in contact when we can’t see our each other as much. If photos are emailed, please let me know on the email if you are happy for them to be added to website.
I’ve been learning too, over this last two weeks. Mainly how to use the various conference call and video ways of keeping in touch with people. It’s good to learn new things!
Fantastic efforts have been evident on Purple mash where I have marked some excellent learning and children who redo tasks are learning and improving on their mistakes too. Spellings continue to be important and it’s a good idea to keep learning them. There are some fantastic interactive games on www.spellingzone where Years 5 and 6 spelling patterns are explained and you can practise any that you are not sure of.
Remember to have a look through the tests that you took just before we closed to see where you went wrong; practise your mental Maths and try not to panic about your learning. Just concentrate on what is important for you to work on; you don’t have to complete every task. I can let you know what you and your child need to work on, or your mid-term test results; just drop me a message at any time. I check messages every day or so and won’t be going anywhere!
Finally, try not to eat too much chocolate over the Easter break and keep active with your Joe Wicks PE session or daily exercise or whatever it is that suits you. My living room has become a home gym, café and cinema just recently!
I thought I’d add a photo for you of my cat who is very puzzled as to why everyone is at home all the time and also some flowers from my garden. Although things seem very tricky at the moment, remember to take time to do the things you enjoy and help you to relax.
Stay safe and look after each other.
With best wishes,
Dear Elder class,
It’s been just over a week now since schools had to close and I hope that this message finds you and your families safe and well. Adjusting to lockdown life is strange isn’t it? We are all finding new ways of doing things. I am missing coming to work and seeing of you and do remember that you can contact me anytime on the email, Elderclass@brooklandjm.herts.sch.uk.
I am looking forward to seeing some of your efforts and I am checking and setting Purple mash tasks regularly. Only this morning, I’ve happily been able to give out some rewards for effort and excellence for some of the tasks.
There are many activities on the website and I suggest that you do what you can, in small, manageable steps. Don’t try to do it all at once or feel that you have to complete every task given. Remember that if something is tricky then it means that you are learning from it and don’t hesitate to contact me as I am more than happy to support you in your learning.
Parents, if you are finding it hard to know what to do first, this website is quite good to break down the learning into days, weeks etc.
This time brings new challenges and I am going to try and learn something new and creative, I’ve even bought a ukulele to try to teach myself via YouTube! (Luckily I can ask my guitar playing son to help.) I’m also keeping an historic journal, (do you remember reading Anne Frank’s?) Keeping a diary is a good way to keep writing and to help process your thoughts and you will be making history for the future too!
I’d really like to hear your news. What have you been doing? How creative are you getting? I hope you are helping your families, brothers and sisters and finding new ways of keeping in touch with friends.
At the moment, the year five team are putting together some new learning for moving forward with and I will update the website once we have completed this. Don’t forget about the Easter holidays too where I think we are all entitled to a relaxing break!
I plan to write a message on here regularly as a way of staying in touch. Our Brookland teachers and assistants are all doing an amazing job in providing a service for the keyworker’s children as are our NHS, shop workers, delivery workers and the Royal Mail. If you know anyone with a job like this, how about writing an email of support or encouragement to them? Something to make them smile is appreciated at a time like this.
Please stay safe and keep washing your hands.
With my very best wishes,
Dear Parents and children,
I hope that you have had a wonderful, restful half term.
Moving forward into Spring term two, we will be working from the text, "Tales from Outer Suburbia," by Shaun Tan with it's thought provoking text and wonderful artwork before moving onto work on the writing style of biographies.
In Maths, your continued support with multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 and rapid recall of number bonds up to one million will aid the children as they come onto learning about fractions in more depth this term.
Our topic of Eastern Europe is sure to fascinate and interest all and Science learning about the circle of life for animals and plants is perfect as we move into Spring and a period of new growth.
If you believe you can achieve!
Children, let's keep," growing," our learning and our mindset and the sky really is the limit!
Spellings for Year Five. Starting with week 1 of Spring 2 after half term. Words ending in ious.
Happy New Year 2020.
This half term seems to be speeding by and children have been working with enthusiasm and zest!
Ask them about Leisure and Entertainment last century as they have been learning about the origins of cinema and silent movies and significant television events of the last century. They were surprised to learn that the Queen's coronation was the reason that most people in Britain bought or rented a television in the nineteen fifties.
Our topic learning is now taking us on holiday, with a look at holiday parks and attractions with the change of the law in 1939 allowing hard -working families time to take one week's paid holiday, at first here in Britain and then abroard.
Debate, drama and looking at changes in character have all featured heavily in our learning of William Shakespeare's tradegy, "Macbeth," where persuasive language has been developed to write a balanced argument. Speaking and listening with use of intonation and expression is currently being worked on in class.
In Maths, your support with times tables knowledge has been of great benefit to the children as they start to use more formal methods to multiply larger numbers with up to four digits with two digit number and solve relevant word problems. In their Mathematics, encouraging children to draw arrays and bar models or make jottings is a valuable skill to help them with more complex calculations.
Children in Elder have really enjoyed their music lessons at Haileybury Turnford this term where they have worked on tempo and composition in small groups with percussion instruments.
Next term we will start to learn about Eastern Europe and Mountains among other subjects and continue with our learning on materials.
As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or questions. Thank you for your support in your child's education.