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Monday 8th June 2020
Hello everyone! It feels like ages since I last wrote one of these daily updates to you!! I hope you are all well and that you have been able to relax a little over the ‘half-term break'.
I have appreciated (and really needed!) the break. I was in school last week as I was on the rota for the key worker children, but I enjoyed the wonderful sunshine and have sorted out my garden a bit at my new house…it is much less jungle-like now! I enjoyed a bbq the weekend before last where we celebrated having a garden finally after living in a flat for the previous year. I learnt to crochet: I made a little lamb, as well as a present for Mr McConnell’s new baby, Sonny. I have also started planning my wedding a little this past week which has made me EXTREMELY excited! As you know, I got engaged in February and am planning to get married next June. I hope everything will be back to normal by then; it’s really nice to have something to look forward to and imagine a time when all of our family and loved ones will be able to socialise together again. I may need to contact some of you guys and place an order for a wedding cake after the amazing outcomes of the Year 6 Bake Off competition!
After a bit of a break these past few weeks, I am now feeling much more well-rested and ready to hopefully welcome some of you back into school on Wednesday! I am going into school today for an INSET day and will be sorting out the classroom, finalising plans with Mrs Djennati and preparing for all of the extra precautions that will be in place once the school reopens to Year 6 children.
I can’t believe that we are now in June and that I last saw most of you in March! It is such a strange time for me, as I am sure it is for you. The longer home learning goes on for, the more difficult I am finding it. I miss standing in front of you all as your teacher and having the laughs, fun and conversations we have. I am sure you are finding learning at home hard at times too, probably for a variety of different reasons. Hopefully we can start getting back to normal a little bit soon and I’m really excited to see those of you who will be in school from Wednesday… We never imagined this could have happened at the start of the year, but I am incredibly proud of how maturely you have handled it and for how you have continued to show amazing perseverance and effort while working at home (which isn’t easy for anyone!). Well done you superstars!
From this week onwards, there will be home learning on the website for you all on Mondays and Tuesdays. Then, if you are coming back to school for the second half of the week, you will not need to access the work through the website on those days because you will be given it in school. If you are not coming back, or are off school due to self-isolating reasons, you can complete the home learning work through the website on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as normal. The work in school and on the website for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will be as similar as possible.
Your tasks for today are as follows…
Maths: finding a rule with one and two steps
Continue to spend about 10 minutes each day working on your times tables on TTRS or hit the button in order to keep them fluent and up to the speeds and accuracy we have worked so hard to achieve. This is especially important if you have not done any times tables for the two weeks that I have not set work for the half-term weeks!
After that, use the link below to find today’s lesson on finding a rule with one or two steps. When we last did algebra in class before the school closure, I had lots of comments about how you loved it, so I hope that feeling is still there for this lesson today! Work through the activities and then mark your work using the answers provided.
English: using apostrophes
For today’s English task, follow the link below to work through the exercises on using apostrophes correctly. This is something that DEFINITELY needed revision for all of the class before school closed. Remember the two reasons for using apostrophes and to not be tricked into thinking that all words ending in the letter ‘s’ require one! Work through the tasks and mark your work using the answers provided.
Well-being: listen to the second chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone read by Noma Dumezweni
To keep your minds healthy and positive, I will also be providing you with a well-being activity to do daily. For today’s well-being activity, have a listen to Noma Dumezweni (the actress who played Hermione Granger in the stage show of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) read the second chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You do have to sign up to the website now, but ask a parent to help you if need be. It can be so relaxing listening to a story – I hope you enjoy!
I gave you the link of the first chapter to listen to previously, but if you didn’t get chance and want to start with that one today then click the link below for the first chapter. You could then listen to the second chapter after that or another day this week.
If you fancy a challenge, have a go at these chapter challenges after you have listened to the second chapter being read.
Your topic tasks for this week…
Continue to work on the Viking and Anglo Saxon Chilli Challenges from before the two week break for half term. You could also further your learning with the BBC Bitesize links I have posted below the chilli challenge activities for information on Vikings and Anglo Saxons.
Have a great first day back doing home learning and I will hopefully see some of you later this week for some social-distanced fun in school.