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.