Friday 10th July 2020
Good morning all Kingfishers. Well, where has this term gone???...We are about to enter the final week of the summer term. In school we have been keeping ourselves very busy with lots of learning and fun topics, some of which you may have seen videos of.
This has certainly been a strange time, and I hope that you have all been able to get through it so far in good health and good spirits. Whilst the 'lockdown' seems to be being relaxed, we should all continue to maintain good hygiene by washing our hands regularly (remember the 'Baked Potato' song?) and using hand sanitiser.
I have really missed seeing all of you over this period of time (well, I have seen a few of you in school!) and have missed seeing the amazing progress I know you will all have made since I last saw you. I hope that you continue to be well in both body and mind and that you have a fantastic summer holiday. Are you going away anywhere? I am hoping to be able to go camping in Wales towards the end of August.
This will be my last post on the website for this term...stay safe and I look forward to seeing many of you next term.
Friday 3rd July
Hello again Kingfisher families. We have had a very busy and productive week in school and up at the farm. I hope that those of you still at home have had a good week and are all well. Keep looking at the 'Learning packs' link under the 'Children' tab at the top of the home page. You will find plenty to keep you occupied! We are getting close to the end of the term, only ten more school days left, and I was wondering how you are all feeling about 'moving on' to your next class/year group/school? I hope that you are looking forward to the challenges that the move will bring and to the new teacher(s) you will be with. Please look at the move as a positive one. It's very easy to feel comfortable where you are, but change is a good thing and there are loads of things to look forward to!
Keep well, stay safe and I hope to see you soon.
Friday 25th June
Well, it has been some time since I last posted on here. I don't know where the term is going...it will be July next week!!!!
We are very busy at school and it is lovely to have a full class (well, half full!) of mainly year 2 children in Kingfisher classroom. I know that many of the year 1 children are now having lessons at Frogmary with Mrs Llewellyn and Mrs Hudson. If you are still at home we are still updating the learning packs each week to keep your learning up-to-date...keep looking.
I hope that the recent hot spell hasn't got you too hot and bothered! We are not able to use the air conditioning unit in the classroom, so it has been rather like teaching and learning in a sauna! It's certainly too hot for a disco...I will do another one before the end of term, though.
Stay well, keep safe and I miss you all.
Until next time, bye for now.
Monday 15th June
Another week starts and I'm missing teaching you all. I hope that you have all had a good weekend and are ready for some more home learning. I'm sure that there are loads of things that you are learning that maybe you wouldn't have learned at school. Our home learning packs are full of things to keep you occupied...probably more than you have time to do!
We watched a short video clip today all about being 'awesome'. Have you discovered how awesome you are and what your skills and talents might be? I will be very interested to hear when I next see you!
Our volcanoes are coming along well...we hope to have them finished later in the week and will hopefully post some films on the website showing us testing them out...keep a lookout on the video resources page. I hope you enjoyed the 'Pirate Disco'...there won't be one this week but there may be one more later in the term.
Bye for now, I'll try to post again later in the week.
Wednesday 10th June
Well, I don't know where the time is going! I wanted to post on here last Friday and again on Monday, but the time has rushed past and it's Wednesday already!
I hope that you are all spending some time reading every day. I am on my 6th book since lockdown started, and enjoying reading all sorts of different fiction and non-fiction books. The last one was about a famous rally driver called Richard Burns. What have you been reading?
We are building volcanoes in Kingfisher classroom at the moment and are looking forward to making them 'explode' with lava...just baking powder and vinegar really!
I am planning to do another disco for Friday...it will be on the website for the weekend only.
Have you had a look at Mrs Llewellyn's storytelling of David Walliams' book 'Slime'? It might make you chuckle!
Hope you are all well and keeping busy with the online learning on the school website. Keep looking out for wildlife, year ones, and when we are back you can tell me what you were able to find.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
I hope that you all had an enjoyable half term and that you were able to safely enjoy the fabulous weather that we have been having.
Some of us are now back in school full time, but things are very different to the way they were before the lockdown! With small numbers in classes and everybody observing 'social distancing' both lessons and playtimes look very strange compared to what we have become used to.
The children who are attending school will be completing the same learning as those of you still at home.
Today we sang a fantastic song that we had looked at last month called 'Wiggle Jiggle'. It's great fun and you could try learning it at home too. You can find it here: https://www.singup.org/singupathome/wiggle-jiggle
I hope you are all well and that you continue to learn all sorts of new things, both from the home learning packs and from trying out new things at home.
Keep safe, I'll post here again later in the week.
Friday 22nd May 2020
Good morning all. Well, another week has passed and if we were in school we would be getting ready for half term starting tomorrow.
Do have a look at the Home Learning Packs section in the 'Children' tab...Mrs Farr has kindly uploaded a whole range of activities for the half term week. You don't have to do them all, but most are great fun!
I have just finished the disco for later today and it is uploading to the website at the moment. Get your best disco clothes on, crank up the sound and get the party lights out!
I hope that you all have a restful half term, ready for more learning in June. I look forward to the day that we can all be back in the classroom living, learning and laughing together.
Until then, bye for now,
Monday 18th May 2020
Hello all Kingfisher children and families. I hope you all had a good weekend and were able to enjoy the fine weather. Mrs Halford and I have been doing a lot of walking and we did a six mile walk yesterday.
I have loved seeing pictures and videos of what you have been up to at home. There is certainly lots of fantastic learning happening and your creativity is amazing!
Have you had a chance to send a piece of artwork into school for us to pass on to Burnworthy? It would be great if this could happen by the end of this week.
I hope you enjoyed the Friday disco last week. If you would like me to play a song of your choice at the end of this week, please email the school by Thursday mid-day and I will try to play a song for you.
I will also be uploading a new story in the next day or so...keep checking the Video Resource Centre!
I'll post here before the end of the week with some more ideas for keeping you occupied, so till then, take care and stay well.
Friday 15th May 2020
Goodness me, another week nearly over.
I am amazed by the fact that every day is so busy, despite not being in school. I hope you are all finding plenty to keep yourselves busy.
How are you getting on with learning a poem?
I have found one that I am trying to learn. It's by Michael Rosen and was written to celebrate the 60th birthday of the NHS:
These are the Hands
for the 60th anniversary of the NHS
These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.
These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.
These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.
And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.
I'll be putting a video of me reading the poem on the website later today.
I have set the Year 1 children a new afternoon activity for next week. It follows the theme of birds and asks you to count the number of birds you see each afternoon. Earlier this week we had a baby starling land on our washing line, where it was fed for 10 minutes by a parent from our bird feeders. It was a lovely sight and inspired my challenge for next week.
I'm hoping that a certain member of Year 1 will be super inspired by this, as I saw some fantastic work about Barn Owls this week .
Mrs Spurway has had a brilliant idea to make the residents of Burnworthy feel happy. Please could you either write a letter to a resident, or even better, produce a wonderful piece of colourful artwork that could be delivered to school and then we can pass them on to Burnworthy. By half term would be fab!
There's also a new Friday evening disco on the website...get out your best clothes, turn on some funky lighting and turn the volume up loud! It will only be there for the weekend!
I'll be back next week, take care, stay safe and hope to see you all soon.
Thursday 7th May
Just one more sleep until the bank holiday on Friday 8th May. What have you planned for tomorrow?
I have uploaded a new story to the Video Resource Centre, it's a favourite of mine from early in my teaching career.
I have been busy constructing bird boxes from kits that were sent to the school:They are based on a tennis ball shape!
Next week's afternoon challenge for Year 1 will be to have a go at designing your own!
Have a good bank holiday weekend, I'll see some of you in school on Monday.
Monday 4th May
Happy Star Wars Day everybody (May the 4th be with you!)
I hope you are all well and keeping occupied. How are you getting on with learning a poem? You can practise re-telling it to your family so that it stays in your head. Did you have a look at Michael Rosen on YouTube? 'No breathing' is another of my favourites...I just love the faces he pulls when reciting poems.
The newsletter on Friday had some wonderful photos of many of you with your masks for toys. I'm sure you learned new skills making them.
Have you tried helping out in the kitchen with cooking, baking or helping clear away after meals? I'm going to have a go at making and baking Cornish Pasties later (except they will be Somerset ones), a new challenge for me!
I hope you were all able to have a good dance on Friday evening or over the weekend with my mini-disco. I will be taking that one off the website later today. There won't be a disco this Friday as it is V.E. Remembrance Day (more about this below) but I will do one for the following week.
V.E. Remembrance Day
This Friday is a bank holiday (usually on a Monday) and it is in remembrance of V.E. (or Victory in Europe) Day. It will be 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. You will have seen the tremendous fundraising by Captain Tom Moore...he is one of few people still alive in our country who fought in that war. It will be an important day to remember the many people who never returned home.
This week I would like you to think about what you could do to help your street celebrate on Friday. You could make bunting https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548139-union-jack-template-display-bunting to hang outside your house, decorate flags https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-m-477-union-jack-colouring-poster and decorate the house in Red, White and Blue or help prepare food for a socially distanced street party.
We will be having one on my street!
Whatever you do, stay safe and well.
There will be another story from me on the Video Resources Link later today...I hope you enjoy it!
Wednesday 29th April
Well, what a difference in weather we are having this week. I hope that you all have plenty to keep you occupied indoors. There are lots of fab links in my previous posts, both for keeping up to date with work and also for other fun activities.
I will be posting another video later today...not a story but a challenge. I will read you another story (in costume!) and try to upload it before the end of the week.
I will also attempt a DJ Halford disco...I can't do this live but will film something and post it on the website.
I hope that you are all well and safe. Thank you to all who have emailed the school with photos and notes from parents; I have seen a fantastic treasure map, an impressive collection of fossil finds, some lovely 'Evil Pea' written work and a super mask made for a teddy bear this week.
I miss you all and hope to see you all soon.
Friday 24th April
Technology conquered, the story has finally uploaded! Enjoy!!!
Thursday 23rd April
Happy St. George's Day everybody!
As promised earlier in the week, I have recorded myself reading a story and hope to have it uploaded to the Video Resource Centre very soon...I'm having a few technical issues!
I hope that you are all well and I have to tell you that I have been super impressed with the work that you are doing at home. I have seen all the emails that have been sent to the school (and I've had a letter!) that have made me feel very proud of you all. Keep up the good work and read as much as you can.
Monday 20th April
Good morning Kingfisher children and parents!
This is the first day of the summer term and we are all still stuck at home...or as I have seen it put (and prefer this!) we are safe at home.
I hope that you are all safe and well.
I have some learning updates for you as well as some treats!
As I mentioned on Monday 6th April, the BBC is starting lessons today in a variety of subjects. (Link below)
Also starting today is a series of online lessons from the Oak National Academy. This brand-new enterprise has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.'
The link can be found here: https://www.thenational.academy/
RWI Phonics also has some new developments:
Now for some treats!
Going back to stories, head over to the 'Video Resource Centre' in the 'Children' tab at the top of the home page. Mrs Farr has read a story and uploaded a video of herself reading to you.
I am planning to upload a story video later in the week, and as our topic for the first half of this term is 'Pirates', it may well have a piratical theme (and so might I)!
Keep well, keep safe and I'll post again later in the week.
Friday 10th April
Happy Easter to all!
I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend...chocolate beckons!
We have had homemade hot cross buns for breakfast and are looking forward to spending much of the day in the garden in this lovely weather. I hope you can make the most of it at home too.
Our cat, Marmite, is loving the sunshine and spends most of the day sunbathing on our patio.
Did you all spend a few minutes applauding our key workers last night? Our street was very noisy, with most people out.
Have a peaceful long weekend, and don't forget...
Monday 6th April
Hello Kingfisher children and parents!
I have a lot of suggestions for you today, both learning and activity wise.
First, some really good links for keeping your learning going:
Is a free resource to keep updated with SPAG. It airs every Tuesday morning at 10:15am.
Is from Read, Write, Inc and features daily phonics lessons.
Is a link to the BBC:
The BBC will offer daily programmes to help parents and children with schoolwork at home during the lockdown.
Starting on 20 April, videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will appear on BBC Bitesize Daily via the BBC iPlayer, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds.
Children's lessons will feature presenters including Oti Mabuse, Katie Thistleton and Karim Zeroual.
Is a link to a daily radio show all about writing and sharing ideas...it's fab!
Welcome to RadioBlogging – daily shows with interactive activities to keep everyone busy and engaged, brought to you by Pie Corbett, Deputy Mitchell, Ian Rockey and Russell Prue, just listen and blog, it’s live, fun and interactive with new educational tasks each day for your students whether at home or in school.
It is broadcast at 9:30am on weekdays...just after Joe Wicks!
Now for some other ideas for you to keep you occupied over the Easter break:
First a 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule idea. This would be great for involving the whole family!
Next, an alternative to Joe Wicks for all you drummers and percussionists.
Every weekday morning at 11am, Ollie from The Beat Goes On is running live body percussion workshops on YouTube.
These can be found here:
Some craft ideas for Easter:
Finally from me today, a sincere wish that you are all well and are adapting to the new way of living that we are all having to face.
Keep safe, Protect the NHS, Save lives
Mr Halford... I'll be back here soon!
Thursday 2nd April Good Morning!
This morning I have been thinking about Wellbeing.
I found this, which may help to keep households calm and in a good place.
Please keep sending emails to school with photos of what you've been up to. I saw some impressive rock cakes yesterday which looked delicious and I was suitably astonished!
We have been making bread at home using a sourdough starter and I have found that the process is contributing to our wellbeing (so is eating the bread!).
I have been amazed by the generosity of organisations and individuals in supporting all of us in lock-down. From Joe Wicks to big education companies, so much that was once paid-for is free at the moment. Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) has put together a list of freely accessible resources that you might want to look at...the free audio books are especially wonderful. You can find these here:
As we get closer to Easter and the traditional holiday period, thoughts are turning to holiday activities for the children. Mrs Farr has found a lovely activity booklet with lots of fun things to do over the next couple of weeks. You can download it here:
Finally for today, a few pictures from Tuesday in school. The children were challenged to create the tallest structure they could using only 5 sheets of newspaper and some masking tape. The results were amazing! Why don't you have a go at home?
I'll be in touch again soon,
April 1st 2020 Hello Kingfishers!
It may be April Fool's Day, but what we are currently experiencing is certainly no joke.
It seems very weird to be working from home, with the occasional visit to school to look after the children of key workers.
I hope that this finds you all well and managing the lock-down successfully.
Despite the strange times in which we currently find ourselves, there are many positives to be taken for children and families alike. I have been glad to see many of the photographs and emails that parents have been sending to the school with details of the activities that children have been up to.
This is an ideal time to spend quality time 'teaching' children the many 'soft skills' that we don't teach at school.
Cooking simple meals, baking cakes etc
How to operate some domestic appliances (washing machine etc)
Gardening and growing vegetables
Making 'to do' lists
Devising plays and dance routines
Sing! There is scientific evidence that singing boosts us all! A good place to look for inspiration is...https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_source=homepage&utm_campaign=ootamathome2&utm_medium=banner
Learning poems by heart
Create a Rube Goldberg machine (YouTube a good source of ideas!)
Learning a musical instrument
Learning a new language
Playing board games (or invent one of your own)
And many others that I'm sure you can come up with.
Oh, and read, read, read... the children will tell you that I tell them this almost every day!
Whatever you do, learning will be at the heart of it.
Keep well, be kind, be safe, wash hands ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHrOvO7hWhA ) and I'll update this page as often as I can.