This week has been a lovely week. What did we like?
- I played with my friend.
- I liked riding on the bikes.
- I liked painting like Paul Sangin
- I liked the rainbow challenge.
- I liked going on Bug Club
- I liked taking care of each other and taking turns.
- I liked making sure no-one got hurt.
- I liked reading books.
- I liked wearing yellow!
- I liked colouring numberblocks.
A big focus of our week this week has been talking about our mental health. We watched this video to help us to understand what it was and why it is so important, as well as to give us some perspective on the different between someone who has real mental health difficulties, and those of us who sometimes feel sad, angry or anxious, all of which are perfectly normal emotions.
Every week in Heacham class we are introduced to a new bird in the WellBeing Flock. This week, our bird was Oleg the observant owl, who comes from Russia, and so as the children wanted to know where Russia was, we changed the display to incorporate a world map! Here are the birds we have met so far, in their right places on the map.
Roger the Routine Rooster, Sienna the Serene Swan, Danton the Idyllic Dove and Oleg the Observant Owl will be joined by a new member each week who has words of wisdom for the little egg that is rolling around the world and finding out the best ways to look after our own mental health, and respect the mental health of others. Roger has told us to get plenty of sleep, Sienna has told us that we need to remember that everything will be ok, and other people might be struggling, so be supportive, Danton taught us that peace comes from within, and gave us a way to steady our breathing, and Oleg told us this week to look at ourselves and check our reaction to things going on around us, using our breathing to give ourselves thinking time.
I wonder who we will meet next week?
This week we have also had a really good push on using our online platfroms, BugClub and EducationCity. These are the only way that we can send home reading books and homework at the moment, and we are fortunate to have access to them. The children all had their logins sent home last week, and if you ever need a reminder, just email me and I can send that to you. BugClub enables us to read books, have them read to us, practice our phonics that we have been learning, and catch up on maths that we have missed. EducationCity is also maths, English and phonics based, but with some science and computing put in occasionally, and enables us to practice the work that we have been doing in school, applying it in different scenarios. We can access both platforms at school, but they are very important for home working, particularly if your child is ill or self isolating, and to ensure that we catch up the missed time from lockdown without hot-housing the children. As you can see, they are accessible on tablet and pc, and the children are enthusiastic about doing the work. The work is changed each week, books can be updated quickly, easily and safely and the work can be differentiated to meet the individual needs of the children.
As you can see, we’ve been working hard! We’ve also completed a set of reading assessments for year 1, written our own version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and looked at the part part whole model in maths.
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