Brass class had a fantastic first week of remote learning. While we are all still adapting to Seesaw (teachers included!), we are very proud of the resilience and independence the children have shown with continuing their learning from home.
In English, the children learned all about autobiographies and then planned their own, which they will write this week. This is a great piece of writing to do at home as children can get information directly from their families and reminisce on fond memories. Please do get out the baby photos and share stories with your child – this will make their autobiography even more meaningful. To support the children with writing this week, Miss Oppong has recorded some brilliant modelled writing sessions which will be uploaded onto Seesaw. These will help guide the children at the beginning of their writing and they will then be able to carry on independently. We are really looking forward to reading the finished products – it’s a great way to get to know our students better, even if we aren’t together in person.
In addition to writing, children have also been set reading, spelling and grammar tasks. Last week, they read a text about Matt King, a Paralympic athlete who was selected to be a torch bearer for the 2012 Olympics. Children were asked who they would nominate to be a torch bearer and came up with some great responses, such as: Marcus Rashford, NHS workers, and family members. This week, we will be using some videos from The Oak Academy to support our teaching of spelling and grammar – please watch these as they will help children complete the assigned tasks.
In Maths, we are continuing to differentiate the work based on the groups children were part of in school. Those in Brass and Bronze maths are working on fractions. Last week they learned how to simplify fractions, convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and place fractions on a number line. This week we will be looking at how to compare and order fractions with unlikey denominators, as well as adding and subtracting fractions. Children in Copper maths are working on division with and without remainders and will be moving onto long division this week. We are using the White Rose resources to support the remote teaching of maths with daily lesson videos uploaded onto Seesaw.
Our topic this term is ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’. Last week, children immersed themselves in all things Japanese, such as sudoku, origami, kanji writing, and manga. We were very impressed by the work children produced and hope they are excited to learn more about Japan’s history and culture. There will also be weekly music lessons from Mr. Glenn and suggestions of PE activities that can be done at home. Let loose and have some fun with these!
This week, teachers will be uploading daily morning greetings. These will go through the day’s learning and any important information, and will also include a fun challenge for children to complete. Today’s was to give us your best joke and they definitely brightened our day!