Miss Ogden (initially covered by Mrs Abdel-All)
Please send your child in with an extra layer to wear OVER their school jumper if they are cold in the classroom. We are finding that coats are too bulky for the children to work in.
How are you? We hope you are all well.
Miss Cummings tried to call everybody this week to check in and see how you are. For those of you who she wasn't able to touch base with, don't worry because she will be trying again next week!
A few parents mentioned that their child is finding it hard to focus at home and engage with the learning being set, so here are some hints and tips that may help:
1- Make sure your child is up, has had breakfast and is out of their pyjamas at a decent time in the morning. Login to GC for 9am and be ready to start the learning.
2- If you can, try and set up an area at home where your child can do their learning, away from distractions. It doesn’t have to be permanent and you can pack it away when learning is finished for the day/week. Only use it for their learning! It will help them get their brain in learning mode.
3- Have everything ready in the ‘learning area’ so your child doesn’t have any excuses to get up. This may include essential stationery, some paper, tissues, water and any resources they may need (such as some coins if they are learning about money). It may motivate them to fill a pencil case and choose their own items of stationery, especially as they aren’t usually allowed them at school. Children also love whiteboards!!! If you happen to have one at home, have that to hand when your child is learning so they can write things down and edit/rub it out quickly.
4- Try and follow the timetable that we have sent home. Children like to know what they are doing each day and classrooms often have a timetable up on the wall for them to look at and follow.
Note: If the timetable we have sent does not suit your day, make your own according to when school work can actually take place.
5- Plan for breaks. Children aren’t learning all the time when they are at school. They don’t have to be long breaks, but if they are, so be it! You could go out for a walk or a scoot. Even little fidget breaks where your child has a stretch or follows an exercise video online, such as Go Noodle, can help them to wake up or lose some energy and refocus on their task.
6- Start each ‘lesson’ by briefly recapping over the last one. This will help to refresh their memory and remind them that they do already know things that can help them with the current lesson. It will help them to feel good!
7- If children are learning about something specific, encourage them to write down the key words or information they need to know so they have it to hand and don’t need to start from scratch each time. For example, it might be key topic words or a particular times table they are learning.
8- Give praise and incentives! It might be as simple as giving a sticker, a sweet treat, a movie night or time on the IPad.
9- Remind your child that even if they are at home, it is still term time and we are expecting them to do their learning, just like they would be doing in school. They don’t want to disappoint us do they?! Remind them that you can still contact us if needed - to tell them good as well as bad things!
10- Pretend that you don’t know anything and get your child to teach you what they have learnt. Children love it and usually step up to the occasion. This technique works wonders!
The levels on Times Table Rockstars have now been reset. For most children this week, they will be revising the 4 and 8 times table as these are linked to our current maths lessons. From next week, they will be linked to whichever Rocket Maths or Times Table award your child is working towards.
The staff in 3Y would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Unfortunately, we are not starting 2021 together as planned, but we will still be learning together - just online! Learning will be posted on Google Classroom, so make sure you can log into your account. If you have any problems accessing it, please email the parent email ASAP.
ROCKET MATHS AND TIMES TABLES
Congratulations to the following children who completed another section on their Rocket Maths rocket or a Times Tables challenge: Benji, Ario, Aaron, Millie, Hans, Zayna, Alpi, Jamie, Scarlett, Olivia and Aubrey.
Many children were very close to achieving their target and I hope they will succeed next month! Keep practicing and remember to use Times Tables Rockstars over the Christmas holidays!!
As part of our computing lesson today, we visited the Ollee App website. It is a free website where adults and children can talk to a virtual friend about how they are feeling. The children enjoyed exploring the website and reading the advice Ollee gave them. If you wish to have a look at the website at home, the address is https://app.ollee.org.uk/#/welcome. There is a specific part of the website for parents.
FIREWORKS IN A JAR EXPERIMENT
This afternoon, the children enjoyed watching a little science experiment. We used warm water, vegetable oil and drops of food colouring to create our own safe fireworks. It sounded like a real fireworks display was taking place in the classroom! The excitement grew and grew as the children waited for the food colouring to break through the oil and burst in the water, and there were lots of excited screams when it did!
I have shared the instructions for this experiment below as many children were keen to show you at home.
WELCOME BACK TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE AUTUMN TERM!
It was lovely to see the children on Tuesday and hear all about their half term. We have already started learning about a new book in our English lessons (the children do not know the title of it yet!) and next week we will be starting our new topic, based on the local area - Barnet.
On Monday afternoon, the children were very busy creating sculptures out of paper. Their works of art are now on display in the corridoor outside the Year 2 and 3 classrooms. The children are very proud of their creations and I thought it would be nice to share some pictures with you. We hope you like them!
We did an experiment to find out how soap works and why it is so important to wash our hands properly. The children really enjoyed this and were keen to show you at home.
Please find a link below to a YouTube video showing the experiment: