Happy Friday everyone. It was nice to see a little bit of sun at the end of the day today but it's been a bit of a miserable week weather wise. Hope we get some dry weather this weekend so we can get out and about. I hope some children will get involved with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. I will be taking an hour out to sit and watch the birds in my garden hope you can too. Please send some pictures in. Miss Radbourne has put more information about this on the School Dojo page.
In maths, the children are doing really well with percentages this week and are showing good understanding - well done. It's been a pleasure to work one to one with a few children to help them, an opportunity we don't always get, so it's good to find some advantages in this situation.
The first drafts of the children's poems inspired by I am Cat have been really impressive - they are really trying hard to use all the success criteria - some early examples are attached but they are probably even better by now as I haven't had the chance to check them yet today. Next week, children could have a go at their own Jackie Morris inspired artwork to accompany their poem pages.
In school, we have enjoyed some painting this week inspired by Pablo Picasso's Guernica - it made a nice change to get away from those screens. We also enjoyed our P.E lesson this morning with Saints South West and are logging our daily activity on Travel to Tokyo https://www.getset.co.uk/travel-tokyo/north-tawton-community-primary-school-ex20-2hb/school-team-17986. We had a go at creating a marathon winning moment - see the attached picture.
Have a great weekend - get away from those screens for a bit children - you don't want to be a screen zombie!! (See attached)
End of week 3.
Well done to all the children from Sycamore Class. I have been receiving lots of great work and the children are all becoming experts on Google Classroom. This experience will certainly have upskilled them as far as computing skills go! I love seeing the children who join the meetings although I wish they'd talk to me a bit more!!! I'm returning maths handed in daily so that children can check and correct their work - please make sure they contact me if they need help with anything. I enjoy reading what they have written in English and in their wider curriculum lessons. I always look at what they have done but don't always have time to feedback individually. Looking forward to doing some poetry next week inspired by the beautiful book - I am Cat by Jackie Morris. I am planning to hold some writing conferences with some individuals using the stories they wrote and Mrs Underwood was keen to read some of them so I shall forward some on to her. I hope children are dipping into the wider curriculum lessons offered every afternoon but also getting some fresh air and exercise (when it's not raining). Remember Joe Wicks, PE lessons on Friday and why not try the Yoga link Mr Foreman has posted on the school page. Remember to register for Travel to Tokyo and record your exercise against the school. I hope you all have a good weekend and the children are able to rest and recuperate ready for another week!
Thank you once again for all your home education support - I know it can't be easy but you're doing a great job to support your children to ensure they don't have to catch up too much when, hopefully, we get back to school soon. Please keep in touch with me if you are having any problems - most people have got the hang of Google classroom now but I'm happy to meet online to demonstrate editing work or handing in work. I would like all work handed in via Google classroom if possible. However continue using Class Dojo for messages.
I will schedule a meeting for Monday for any children who would like another demonstration of editing and handing in work - look out for this on the timetable and feel free to join your child to watch the demonstration.
A few children joined the Zoom PE lesson from home on Friday - it was a really good workout and I joined in at the back of the hall and we all really enjoyed it. Hopefully more children will join us next Friday at 9am.
I'm looking forward to reading the first draft of children's stories this weekend - we heard a few snippets on Friday in our end of day meeting and they are sounding very promising. Children will have more time next week to complete, edit and improve these first drafts.
Hope you all have a great weekend - see you back here Monday!
Well, we are one week into remote learning and I am really impressed with the amount of engagement and the huge steps children (and parents) have made in using technology to enable learning to continue. I miss seeing all the children on a daily basis but our regular Google Meetings are the next best thing. I'd like to eventually get to the position where all work is returned via Google Classroom so we will keep demonstrating this in meetings so that more children learn how to do this. I am pleased to say that children are using Google classroom responsibly. You may see slight changes in the way I present work on Google Classroom while I learn the best way to use it. I hope this will make things simpler rather than confuse children. Please encourage children to message me if they need help with the work. We can meet in a Google meeting and I can go through things with them. I may start scheduling these meetings and requesting children to attend. I will continue to prioritise Maths and English but will also offer access to learning across the wider curriculum throughout the week. Children can dip into what they want to in these afternoon sessions as well as getting outside for fresh air and exercise. We will also be offering PE lessons via Zoom from next week from our Saint's Coach. We will continue to meet each morning (time TBC) and then again for 'story time' at 3pm next week. I hope you have a restful weekend.