Wowzers trousers! What a busy first week we have had! All of the children in Elm have settled back in to school very, very well, and the grown-ups in the class are so proud of them. Many of our children have had more than six months away from school, and yet everyone is quickly getting used to the new rules and routines.
Although a lot of our focus this week has been on settling in and wellbeing, we have also been cracking on with 'work' and we have already had many great achievements within our bubble. We started the week reading 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. A part of this book is all about how important it is to care for animals, and so we spent time with Mrs Biggs making bird feeders for our outdoor area and then writing captions about what we had made. In Maths with Mrs Johnson, our Year 1 children were focusing on counting forwards and backwards to twenty, while our Year 2s were more focused on using their understanding of place value to count out amounts to 100.
We have also read the story of 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon, and this will form the basis for most of our learning this half-term. As a class, we came up with some wonderful ideas for how Beegu could get a message back to her parents in space, before settling on the idea of the Year 2 children building strong and stable structures, with the Year 1s using sewing skills to make a flag with a message to go on top. This week, while the Year 1s worked with Mrs Goude in the afternoons, the Year 2s worked with Mrs Johnson exploring, evaluating, designing and beginning to make their structures. The results were A-MA-ZING! We can't wait to see the flags that the Year 1s will be creating next week, before combining them with the structures on Friday.
In addition to this, we also managed to squeeze in a 'draw-along' with Alexis Deacon on the interactive whiteboard where we all drew our own versions of Beegu, and even took part in a Cosmic Yoga session on Thursday before lunch.
What a fabulous and enjoyable week! See you all on Monday for more fun and learning.