For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been building on our understanding of angles – naming them, recognising them, measuring and drawing and using our knowledge to help us work out missing angles. Some pupils wrote out instructions for their peers to use to help them draw angles of different sizes. They then took on the role of teacher, supporting their classmates as they worked and offering advice when needed. The lesson was enjoyed by all and it was clear to see that some pupils had gained in confidence after working in this way. I think we have some future teachers in the class!
For the final two days of the first week back, we focused on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to structure our days. These were…Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give. The link is below for you to watch at home.This clip is for children … and adults too!
All our class activities fitted into one or more of these areas. At the end of the week, the children wrote in their Think Books to say which activities they enjoyed on returning to school. “Connect” and “Keep Active” were definitely the firm favourites!
We’ve had a lovely day in P5/6! We started off working on refreshing some of our times tables by making fortune tellers and testing our friends. Then it was outside to work on our fitness in Class PE. We clocked up an amazing total of 194 laps of the multicourt as a class!! Our Accelerated Reader time was so peaceful and relaxing after our run outside. We also worked in pairs to talk about positive emotions…naming them, recognising what they look like, compiling lists of what makes us feel good and, perhaps the most difficult to describe, how our bodies feel physically when we feel good. The afternoon was spent designing our Christmas cards!! Yes…in September!
Sometimes, the most fun and memorable things to happen are the unexpected moments! Today, we were gifted a pile of tree cuttings from our nature garden for P5/6 to use in the grassy area to make dens. I was delighted to see the joy and excitement this brought to everyone and we are keeping fingers crossed for good weather next week so we can enjoy it. I also loved seeing the enthusiasm and team work bringing up the branches! 😃
It’s Friday! We’ve made it to the summer holidays! A very well done to you all for working through this challenging time. We wish you all a wonderful, screen free, summer holiday! Here’s hoping for some good Shetland weather so we can all be outside enjoying what’s on our doorstep. On our class chat yesterday, we had some questions about what returning to school in August will be like. While we answered these as best as we could, it’s impossible to give exact answers to help calm those who are uncertain. With that thought in mind, this is our final quote of the school year…along with another from a well loved character!
Somehow, we have made it to the end of the second last week of term! I worried how these past two weeks would go preparing work at home, checking our Team and clearing our class and making ready for whatever August may bring and home schooling my own boys. It seemed like there was too much to do and too little time but…what I failed to remember is that it always feels this way and it always all gets done in the end! I also forgot that you are all working away brilliantly using our Team and being patient if you’ve had to wait for an answer. Plus, I have had the help of Mrs Henderson, John, Jackie B, Jackie J and our support staff team helping me. Huge thanks to you all! We are all nearly there! Keep going! Keep smiling! 😊
This week, teachers have been allowed back into school to clear work off walls and sort classrooms to make ready for August. It felt very strange to be back for the first time since 13th of March! We’ve all been through a lot since then, having to learn and work from home and get used to new routines and new ways of working. I was struck by our last classroom quote that was chosen and written up by Lois way back it March. It seems even more apt now.
On our Teams page, we regularly post up our, “How are you feeling?” Poll. We notice that the responses given vary each time we do it. As we’ve said before, each day is different. How we feel each day and how we respond to what’s going on around us changes too. It’s important to recognise that there are hard days…bad days…but within each day, perhaps just before settling down at night, try to think of one or two positives from your day. They will be there…some days you just have to look harder. 🙂
In our current situation, and given the news we’ve been hearing this week, it seems even more important that we remember that being kind is THE most important thing right now … and always.
It’s our day off today and I almost forgot our Friday quote! Better late than never! In these strange times, we can feel many different emotions, some of them unsettling and hard to cope with … but we can still feel thankful and grateful at the same time. Look out for our family task next week that asks you to focus on what we’re thankful for.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of kindness as a focus this year. Never underestimate the power of the simplest act of kindness. Even though we are seeing very few people just now, make sure you pass on a random act of kindness to those closest to you today. What will you choose to do?