Thank you so much for continuing to share pictures of your children working at home on the BCS Distance Learning programme as well as the other activities they have been doing. This week we have watched Arjun Dev’s video about his mini-diary, read a new Isolation poem written by Freya Mangotra and a Covid-19-inspired ode by Connie Zhang, which used Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ as inspiration. Kevin Ge has been birdwatching with his new binoculars, Lucas has been getting to know his new guinea pig and the children in Buttons and Transition have enjoyed exploring their topic Wonderful World: Animal World. Some of the children have also been baking and linking this to their school work – Ismail was inspired by his Humanities topic and made a gingerbread Colosseum, whilst Arya enjoyed icing her cupcake clock!

As you will see from the photos below, our youngest Buttons and Transition children have been particularly creative at home and we really enjoying seeing their pictures. The Reception children have had great fun making repeating patterns with nature from their back gardens. They also followed a video tutorial showing them how to create fingerprint animals as part of their Animal World topic.

Year 1’s topic in Humanities this half term is Old Toys. The children have enjoyed making thaumatropes using card and string and we have loved seeing their creations. In art this week, Year 1 have drawn teddy bears thinking about shape and texture. They have also investigated shading and smudging to help to make their bears look more realistic. They have produced some excellent artwork! Year 2 pupils have been learning about Thomas Edison in Science and are continuing to practise telling the time on analogue clocks. Today they learnt about 2D shapes, named different quadrilaterals and cut up a tangram to make lots of different shapes.

In Year 3 the children have been investigating 2D shapes in maths as well as carrying on their Romans topic. The children have created some wonderful posters showing the legacy the Romans left for us such as our calendar and many of the roads we use today as well as aspects of Roman everyday life. In science too the children have produced some wonderful slideshows describing sources of light.

The Year 4 children have been thinking about the causes and effects of deforestation in their Humanities lessons, as well as investigating the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals in Maths. We have been focusing on ‘The Railway Children’ in English, and the children have written some super narrative continuations of the extract we looked at on Monday.

A highlight for Mrs Lynn was being able to link up with eighty Year 5 children online and to teach them ‘How to become Paper Engineers!’ The children were delighted to learn a new skill and have been busy creating some beautiful work, a few examples of which are in the slideshow below.

Normally at this time of year, our Year 6 would be having a talk on the Titanic by Andrew Lound. Luckily they have still been able to cover this topic and are busy preparing their Titanic Trinity Project Slideshow (not a scrapbook this year!). Pupils are taking great care to produce stunning Google Slides following their lessons, all with superb animations. It is exciting to see that standards of written outcomes are still high amongst our delightful Year 6 pupils. Well done!

So plenty of learning has been happening this week and we are pleased to hear that things are starting to settle down now as everyone gets used to the new way of studying. Thank you again to parents who gave their feedback which we will share with you shortly. Have a great Bank Holiday and please do share your VE celebration photographs with us!

Mrs Dredger