Message due to school closures, dated Monday 1st June:
I hope I find you all well and you all enjoyed a fantastic Eid celebration. I'm looking forward to speaking to you all over the phone this week.
Following Government guidance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have asked schools to re-open again for some pupils in the week beginning 8th June. This will initially be for Nursery pupils, followed by Year 1 the following week and Year 6 returning the week commencing Monday 22nd June. No decision has yet been announced for the other year groups.
I hope you have all enjoyed looking through the examples of outstanding work completed during lockdown. Please feel free to continue sending in your excellent pieces of work and taking plenty of photos of your home projects. We have begun sharing your photos on our school lockdown page.
Due to the continued closure of school, your children will be set daily tasks to complete at home.
If you click on the Home learning star, you will find a link to all of our previous weekly home learning plans. These plans have both written and online daily tasks assigned for your child to complete on specified days. Teachers will be checking to see that pupils have completed the assigned online tasks which cover a range of educational websites (Purple Mash, MyMaths, TT Rockstars, etc).
Links to all the necessary websites can be found in the Websites star and feel free to look for examples of your own child's excellent home learning by clicking on our online display boards star. This week we have an extra special entry into the online display board, Rainbows, which celebrate the fantastic work of our key workers and include a rainbow picture that won one of our own Class 6 families a hamper full of Easter eggs from Blackburn Police force. Well done!!
Our topic this half term continues to be: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Our main focus will continue to develop our reading skills in preparation for the challenges of High School, through both honing our grammatical skills using the online BBC lessons and reading challenging texts.
We will be expanding our knowledge on aspects of number, algebra and statistics. The maths activities will include the Abacus book and papers from the home learning packs and online learning via the BBC online lessons, MyMaths and Timetable Rockstars. White Rose Maths have also created some home learning lessons and activities to support your child's learning. To access the White Rose Maths, click on the websites star.
We will continue our focus on ensuring a clear distinction between our studies of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in preparation for High School, taking full advantage of our own scientific curiosity through experiments and the excellent BBC online lessons.
Don't forget to do your daily workout with Joe Wicks - as it is very important that we still exercise even though we are socially isolating - remember the whole family can join in! I have also just added a link to a website where you can practise your PE Core Skills - feel free to challenge your family to do complete some the tasks!
I have also included a link for #ThisIsPE where short two-minute videos are being posted that show parents free, fun and easy to follow PE activities for the whole family to enjoy together.
Each #ThisIsPE video will focus on a different aspect of the National Curriculum. The videos, delivered by PE teachers, will help children to continue their skill development in PE during this period when we are having to stay at home, to save lives.
Videos will be posted at 1pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You don’t need to be in PE kit and you don’t need sports equipment. All of the videos will use things that you can find around the home.
Alongside these core tasks and skills we are trying our best to include additional Summer Term Topics in readiness for the next step in your child's education, the move to Secondary School. Therefore we will be continually adding specific tasks in readiness for their next step in education, as we do understand that this is a concern of many families. To begin with Mrs Sharif has found a work pack, link above called Moving Up, which contains many activities to choose from to do with your child to prepare for the step to secondary.
We also understand that your child may have many questions about the current pandemic, so to support you in explaining the COVID-19 virus, we have attached a 'Coronavirus a book for children' which brilliantly explains the virus in a child friendly manner. There is also a COVID-19 Time Capsule document located in the Home learning tasks section. Pupils are to complete a page a day, They will hopefully look back at this one day with many fond memories of the precious time spent with families.
Finally, it is a worrying time for us all and in these unforeseen times we all hope that you, and your families, stay safe and healthy.
Mr G Owen, Mrs S Sharif and Mrs S Momoniat