Welcome back, everybody!
Wow, what a week it's been. First of all, what a delight to have everyone back in Hawthorn class together again. It's been energetic, fun, busy and happy! How great to see each other and get to share our learning and play times together again.
We've been up to all sorts...
Last but not least, it would be remiss of me not to mention our fancy dress day today as a belated World Book day... we have had incredible outfits, including Harry Potter, the Cat in the Hat and characters from stories that the children are currently writing in their spare time! Wow! I can't wait to read what these budding authors have to say.
Have a great weekend everyone and well done for your hard work - this week, the Praise certificate goes to ALL of you!!!
Captain Cook and Daily dashes
It's the end of the road for the home learning and we cannot wait to see all of you next week in the classroom! It's been really great though to see how many of you have joined in from home, even when the Internet has been a bit dodgy. Top marks for effort, everyone!
We've had lots of fun learning this week, making the most of the wonderful sunshine earlier in the week, as we've had some English lessons outside. The class have been looking at Captain Cook's diaries of how he sailed around Australasia, and then using these ideas to form their own exciting, atmospheric diary entries. Pretending to be an explorer is definitely one way to get around lockdown restrictions!
We also have started turning our 'daily dash' into a long distance running challenge, where the children tally up their laps and aim to run a mile each day. We will be encouraging each other all the way - some of us are natural runners, some of us are definitely not! I have already been incredibly impressed with the perseverance and teamwork that I've seen, with class members helping each other around the track. A wonderful start, keep it up.
Below are some pictures of our week. Remember 'Screen-Free Friday' tomorrow - we are looking forward to hearing what you got up to when we are all together on Monday!
Have a great weekend everyone,
The first week back
It was a fun-filled week in Hawthorn Class last week, as we went out exploring Forest School as part of our Science and Art work this week. We identified many a living thing using the acronym MRS NERG...or MRS GREN...which do you prefer?! The children took some great close-up photos which I've posted below. We're going to use these to do close-up studies of nature, just like the photographer Levon Biss. Levon Biss zooms in so much with his photography, that we were able to see all the textures and tiny little hairs/eyes etc. of each insect. Some of if made us go "Wow!", some of it made us go "Eurgh!" I'm really looking forward to seeing the children's artwork, once they've had a chance to zoom in close on their own photos!
We also began our new topic on Climate and the children did so well to remember a lot of new terminology, such as the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Greenwich Meridian and lines of latitude and longitude. We then discussed which climates we'd find on which areas of the globe. To be continued this week!
Keep up the wonderful efforts at school and at home everyone - we are really looking forward to seeing all your faces during our live lessons this week on Google Classroom. We can't wait for everyone to be back together on March 8th. One week to go!
Take care and stay safe,