We are well aware of the pressure the current situation is putting children, parents and staff under.
Please use the link below to access some practical help and support.
3 April 2020
Still in ‘lockdown’ we have to find other ways of celebrating Holy Week. I am attaching a copy of the Palm Sunday booklet for you to use as you wish.
Each day in Holy Week we follow Jesus on his way to the Cross. If you look in the booklet you will see listed the readings that are read at Mass from Monday to Wednesday. The readings from Isaiah about God’s suffering servant give us an insight into Jesus’s self-understanding. The final song of the servant is read on Good Friday. On Maundy Thursday Jesus creates a new Israel with a new covenant and a new law. ‘This is my blood of the new covenant, shed for you and for many, so that sins may be forgiven’ – so that there may be shalom, peace. And a new law: ‘This is my commandment, “Love one another.”’ On Friday we ask: how does the suffering and death of one man bring life for the whole world? We look at how Jesus changes our understanding of who God is. With the reading of the Passion according to St John we explore more deeply the meanings to which the Cross point. On Saturday evening we see the Passover – the passing over from old religion to new, the new exodus, passing from slavery to freedom. On Sunday we suddenly understand what has happened. With St John we see and we believe, because we have faithfully followed Jesus as he makes his way from Bethany on Palm Sunday to Golgotha on Good Friday and the new tomb.
We will again stream our Sunday Mass live at 10.30am on Sunday via Facebook Live. The link to see this is: https://www.facebook.com/
We hope that we can stream the Rosary on Wednesday at 10 am, the Maundy Thursday Mass at 6.30 pm on Thursday and the Liturgy on Friday at 3.00 pm. The video will also be saved there so that you can watch it again if you miss it. You may not be able or not wish to watch but the enclosed service booklet should enable you to pray and reflect in your own time. This is a time of retreat, enforced, admittedly, rather than freely chosen, but nevertheless a time that can be used fruitfully.
We hope that you are keeping well. The clergy remain available (contacts on the back of the service booklet) and I know that we have already been able to contact some of you by telephone.
With our prayers,
Yours in Christ,
What with currently spending more time at home what a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and learn how to save lives.
Act Fast First Aid is offering this 5-Day Challenge free of charge for you and your child / children to complete at home.
The course booklet is available here 5 Day Act Fast Challenge for Families
There are also videos available for you to watch on YouTube..
YouTube Act Fast First Aid
If you are on Twitter you can also follow First Aid in Schools by searching @AidSchools, they would love to hear how you are getting on.
Opal Class have really risen to the challenge. Here is a selection of the distance learning that I have received from them over the last week!
A Message from Mrs Singh and Mr Thorne
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope this finds you and your family well.
We wanted to let you know our current arrangements for Home Learning which has been planned to provide our pupils, who are at home, the opportunity to complete some of what they would have covered in school.
We are aware that many of us are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that’s happening. We do not wish to add to this pressure, rather we wish to set some regular tasks to engage your children and make sure they don’t miss the opportunities their hard working teachers had already planned for them.
Our teaching staff are all very dedicated and all wish to remain in regular contact with their classes. They miss them already! They want to set their children engaging tasks so they continue to enjoy their learning and feed their natural curiosity as much possible. Please remind them about our learning dispositions: collaboration, making connections, persistence and resilience, reflection and risk taking. All of these qualities will help your child help you as well during this interesting and challenging time!
We want to encourage both use of online resources which we use regularly throughout each year: Bug Club, Mathletics and Times Tables Rock stars (please ask your class teacher for your child’s log in if needed) alongside recommended educational websites as well as jottings in the exercise book your child has brought home with them.
1) This is not home schooling. This is, at best, remote learning. Our teachers are trying to plan (at very short notice!) what they can so your child can, with minimal guidance, get on and try their best with a Maths activity, English task and some topic work each day – roughly in line with the main topics which due to be covered this term for their year group.
2) As a school, we feel that it is up to you as parents as to how much your child engages with. You know what is best for them in this unusual situation that we find ourselves in. That is your right. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.
3) We totally understand how difficult it is to keep a child occupied whilst trying to work from home at the same time (several of our teaching staff are trying to do this too). Your main focus has got to be your job. We do understand and if there are certain types of activities you find easier to keep your child busy with, let us know and we can help plan for this to support you anyway we can. Just get in touch through Class Dojo.
4) Our teachers are sending home many different suggestions and ideas about tasks but welcome any feedback from this first week so they can judge how much families require.
5) In the normal class situation there’s a wide range of levels in all subjects, there’s different paces and there are many children working on differentiated levels of work. Your child just needs to do what they can from home. Don’t worry. If they can do bits independently then encourage this as much as possible. Older siblings can help younger children and there are plenty of activities all children within a family can complete together -such as cooking, reading stories, free writing and exercise.
Our ideal for the children in our school:
- A bit of reading every day (independent/ to them/ audiobook /Bug Club)
- Some free writing now and then. If they’ll keep a diary or something, great – this is living history – they just need to jot down a few key moments each day and keep it forever!
- Practical hands on maths. E.g. cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, board games or Mathletics/ Times Tables Rock stars.
- Project work/researching (often History/Geography based).
- Physical exercise every day.
- Some art/music/DT/RE where possible through the week.
- Some fine motor work. Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys, weaving.
- If younger, lots of imaginative free play, the more independent the better.
The work you are already doing to support your children through this stressful time is enough. If they can dip in and complete some of the tasks set by their teacher that’ll be great and will keep their learning ticking over but please, it is up to you how much/how little. Our teachers will respond to you regularly and can work with you to support your child.
Thank you again for all your support.
This term in Funky Foods the children have been looking at packaging and advertising. They have explored the different types of packing available and the impact this has on the environment and the KS2 children have looked at the tricks the media uses when selling us products.
Alongside this they have looked into where our food comes from and how it is grown. With Year 5 visiting the Bohemia Walled Garden to plant for vegetables and herbs.
Year 1 created some delicious Rainbow Fruit Kebabs and a still lemonade
Year 2 made fruit smoothies and sandwich biscuits
Year 3 created a chickpea curry
Year 4 made Vegetable Kebabs with Halloumi cheese
Year 5 made a Tudor Pottage and Bread Rolls
Year 6 created an Egyptian Feast with Aubergine
Last week during Funky Foods the Year 5 children visited the Bohemia Walled Garden to plant some vegetables and herbs. We planted Onions, Asparagus, Garlic, Lettuce, Chives, Parsley and Mint. These are now growing alongside the Rhubarb, Rosemary, Strawberries and Beans.
They had great fun exploring the garden, digging up worms and trying to identify the various things growing there.
We hope to return later in the year to see how things are growing and possibly use them in some of our Funky Foods cooking lessons.