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Keeping Active!

The importance of keeping active for our health and mental wellbeing.

This lockdown is definitely more dark and dreary than the first one in March. During the summer it felt easy to get outside; we were able to have running challenges, to play games outside and when we had finished work we still had hours of daylight!

However it is important to keep active, and whilst it may not always be possible to get outside there are plenty of other ideas that will help you to keep active. I thought it might be useful to collate some ideas here – and, whilst it may not be possible to recreate PE lessons at home, your class teachers over the next few weeks will be setting some home challenges to give your family a bit of a movement focus- and there will be a few links shared on facebook.

You can also try some dance classes at home – Oti Mabuse has some fabulous ‘Kids Dance Classes’ on her You Tube site.

One of Oti Mabuse’s online classes.

The aim here is just to have some fun – keep your spirits up – and remind our children how important it is to keep fit and how much better it can feel when you are active! Take a look at some of the links below.

Links to Activity Sheets for the different age groups.

Home Learning Provision

Over the last few weeks we have been planning the best ways we can support home learning in the event of a bubble having to isolate, or a lockdown.

At the end of last year the governors carried out a survey to find out the thoughts and ideas of our provision last term – and we have used this information to chart a path this year.

Remote Learning Provision for Class 1 & 2 (Bubble 1)

• A weekly learning grid, outlining expectations for different year groups, to be posted and updated every Monday morning on the Class 1 & 2 pages of the school website.

• Parents to be directed to the school landing page on the Google Drive to access a range of recommended websites to help children access maths and other lessons including those linked to class topics and other areas of learning. For Class 2 this may also include science and humanities. 

• These websites will include White Rose Maths, the Government-backed Oak National Academy, BBC Teach (Class 2), Phonics Play, and Discovery Espresso for which parents will be given log on details, among others. 

• For Class 2 only – Workbooks will be sent home to support daily online White Rose Maths lessons. Homestart workbooks will also be provided for the children to complete regular reading comprehension tasks, as well as punctuation and grammar activities.

• A selection of reading books will be sent home with each child to ensure continued daily reading during the closure. Where applicable, key words and phonic sounds may be sent home to support children’s learning.

• Parents will be provided with phonics guidance and worksheets for children to complete to keep phonics learning at the forefront.

• Children will be provided with some resources to support learning at home during closure. For example, numberlines, hundred squares , number cards, sound mats.

• There will be a weekly Zoom ‘Star’ assembly for the whole school – and in the event of a prolonged closure of the bubble or the school, a weekly class Zoom to allow the children to check in with each other and to share learning experiences. 

• The teacher will check in weekly with parents, via email or telephone to offer support and provide feedback on learning.  Any workbooks or completed worksheets to be returned to school upon reopening. 

• For Class 1 – Tapestry, the online learning journal for each child, to continue. Staff to provide regular feedback and respond to any photographs posted by parents. 

• A weekly whole school newsletter will be sent to parents featuring latest news, any important dates, updates and relevant information and celebrating remote learning across the school community.

Remote Learning Provision for Class 3 & 4 (Bubble 2)

In the event of the bubble being forced to close or a whole school closure, teachers will be online and contactable via Google Classroom every day from 10-12. Work will be set on Google Classroom daily.

In addition the teacher will provide the following:

• A weekly overview, outlining work be posted and updated every Monday morning on the class pages website – this will link directly to work on Google Classroom.

• Parents to be directed to the school landing page on the Google Drive to access a range of recommended websites to help children their work.

• Workbooks will be sent home to support daily online White Rose Maths lessons. Homestart workbooks will also be provided for the children to complete regular reading comprehension tasks, as well as punctuation and grammar activities.

• There will be a weekly Zoom ‘Star’ assembly for the whole school – and in the event of a prolonged closure of the bubble or the school, a weekly class Zoom to allow the children to check in with each other and to share learning experiences. 

• The teacher will check in weekly with parents, via email or telephone to offer support and provide feedback on learning.  Any workbooks or completed worksheets to be returned to school upon reopening. 

• A weekly whole school newsletter will be sent to parents featuring latest news, any important dates, updates and relevant information and celebrating remote learning across the school community.

International Day of the Family

Today is International Day of the Family and if ever there was a more pertinent time for us to look at our families and to celebrate them it is right now.

There are a multitude of different family types and today they do not always consist of people that are directly related to one another as families are fluid and can change. The most important thing about being part of a family is that you are with people who consider you, who care about how you feel, who respect you, listen to you and support you when you ask for help; people who try to understand you, who allow you to make decisions and guide you towards your goals, who value your opinions and encourage you to express yourself in a calm and nurturing environment. Families look out for each other and notice when you behave differently, they invite you to share any problems, worries and anxieties that you may have, and sometimes just by talking to your family they become less of a problem and together you can work out a solution.

Families are fun. These are the people who may know you better than others, where you can relax and be yourself, knowing that they will not judge you and they will not stop loving you. You can be silly in your family, you can express yourself and be truthful in a way that sometimes you cannot be when you are with other people, families can make you feel free.

It is our families that are with us now as we all share the experience of this different way of living – some of them are close to us in the same house, some of them are a small picture on a screen that we talk to and some of them on the other end of a phone call or a text message. At Castle Carrock School we consider ourselves to be a family; we all care about each other and will be here to support each other through this experience till a time when we can all hopefully get together again.

So Happy International Day of the Family and go celebrate your wonderful family

Summer Term – Home Learning

Dear Parents and Carers,

As I write this, the situation regarding Covid-19 seems to be ever changing. I don’t think we ever imagined we would begin our summer term with the children learning at home. It goes without saying that we are all missing the children terribly – seeing your photographs and hearing what you are getting up to at home always brings a smile to our faces.

My priority remains the safety and well-being of our school community and I want to ensure that we all remain in contact and that you feel you can reach out for help if you need it. Our twitter page and facebook page are very active and share ideas for learning as well as resources and pictures.

Our newsletter will also be updated weekly by staff and can be found here. I will also put that out on facebook / twitter when updated – and feel free to send photographs or ideas to school to be included.

With regards to home learning letters from your class teacher have been sent out via email and can be found on the website. These detail contact, learning expectations and sites you can go to for further resources and ideas.

Following a routine with your children, and keeping key skills up such as reading, writing , counting and conversation should be the priority. Of course, if you wish to explore the topics the school have planned then the planning and resources are all online too. But please focus on what you and your family need at this time. The Covid-19 web page has a special section for well-being and if you are beginning to feel overwhelmed please do get in touch.

Our aim is to be here if you need us. Class 3 and Class 4 children can contact teachers if need be via Google Classroom – and weekly ideas and tasks are on there if they need them. Please take a look at google classroom if your children are in Key Stage 2 – it is a fantastic resource. If you are struggling with access to the internet or with devices let me know.

As ever, stay safe and please do get in touch with your class teacher if you would like more resources, or have any questions.

The Importance of Reading

This year, in a bit of change to our usual World Book Day celebrations we opted for a dress up day with a theme. Kindness. All of our children were asked to dress up with a ‘kind character’ in mind.

As the first time in a few years that we dressed up it was really great to see children and families being so enthusiastic. There was an added incentive of team points for characters who were ‘unique’ which meant that some of the children attempted some of the lesser known characters. We had a fun assembly in the afternoon where each class presented their characters. Key Stage 2 also took part in drama sessions in their lessons.

To go a bit deeper into World Book Day, we also carried out a survey amongst the Key Stage 2 children into their reading habits and what they enjoy about reading. This told us a few interesting things:

  • The older children (Class 4) don’t always read with an adult at home – but they would like to.
  • Most of the children enjoy reading a wide variety of text types – website, blogs and magazines for example.
  • Almost everyone at Castle Carrock School enjoys reading! Yay!
  • They enjoy hearing their teacher read to them – and both classes could name books that their teacher has read to them.
  • They would enjoy the chance to read more of their own books in school.
  • Lots of our children talk to their friends about books.
  • They like the variety of books that we have in school.

This is really positive for school – we always spend lots of money on new books and we make time to both read to our children and to hear them read, no matter what class they are in. The whole school has reading sessions at 09am – 09:40 and we put a huge emphises on reading in all areas of the curriculum.

It’s worth thinking as well, even if you know your child can read, it can be a real confidence boost and an enjoyable way to spend time together to just share a book. If you want some hints and tips for reading with your child – you can look here.

Next year we may not dress up – the School Council always tell us that they enjoyed the sleep over – and the Clue Treasure Hunt. As ever, we are always open to ideas!