Thank you very much for working with us this with week as we have rapidly changed from being ready to open our school fully to children on Tuesday to starting our two provisions on Wednesday; the critical worker provision in school and the homelearning provision via Google Classroom.
These are unprecedented times with many complex challenges for everyone in our community that are not all visible. Very difficult decisions have been made which may not feel supportive. I am sure as school is closed to the majority of children this has presented enormous challenges at home and it is not the situation any of us want to be in. We must all demonstrate our school values; kindness, co-operation, responsibility, honesty, aspiration, respect as we journey together towards better times ahead.
An extraordinary effort has been made this week by our staff team who have worked together incredibly hard to facilitate learning both in school and at home. As we enter next week we will be communicating further about the development of our homelearning offer and importantly monitoring who is able to access it and working with families to overcome the barriers they may be experiencing. Mr Campbell has collated an overview following the first 3 days of homelearning with some handy tips to support with Google Classroom and Google Meet - this will be SZapped to you.
Our weekly newsletters will continue as always. We hope to be able continue to share and celebrate what the children have been doing in school and at home. We are here to support as best we can please ensure you are using Szapp and Parentpay to receive on-going communications.
We have decided to change our online Reading provision from Oxford Reading Buddy to Pearson's Bug Club.
Bug Club is a reading programme that combines 500 levelled books with interactive eBooks and an online reading world. It will allow the teachers to allocate books to individual children for home reading and assess their progress instantly using carefully planned comprehension questions.
There is an enormous range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, offering a variety to keep children engaged and develop a love of reading. The books are enjoyable for the children and feature well known characters from film and television.
Next week further information will be shared and a handy help guide and video will be shared with you. The children will also receive a log in. The teachers will then set reading books for the children to read at home.
Remember reading is anything you have at home. Recipes, instructions, subtitles on TV programmes and magazines are all important parts of reading. Also it is about little and often and children enjoying it is the most important thing!
Thank you for your continued support with reading at home
The PTA would love to share that a family from Christ church won £5000 in the big pta raffle!
Before Christmas we raised £686 from the Santa event and £2,200 in total from the pre Christmas events; thank you, we hope everyone enjoyed them and we look forward to arranging more coming up.
If you’re struggling with big life questions right now
or just rethinking your perspective ... Christ Church would like to invite you to join Alpha online.
Watch the video -
There’ll be a short talk followed by time to discuss what you’ve heard ( in a break-out group).
No question is too big or controversial that you can’t ask.
DATE: Wednesdays from 20th January until Easter. TIME: 7.45-9.15pm
So take a break from home schooling and come and join us.
You can sign up here https://ccweb.churchsuite.co.uk/events/sq1ekz6r
The children in Reception learning at home and in school, have been busy drawing the front covers of their favourite Julia Donaldson books and making their ‘New Year’ Resolutions! Lots of them wanted to get better at riding their bikes!
Harrison chose ‘Zog’, Ella chose ‘Room on the Broom’ and Hannah drew ‘The Monkey Puzzle Tree’ cover.
Year 1 are enjoying our new Power of Reading story ‘One Day on Our Blue Planet… in the Savannah’ by Ella Bailey. Our story takes us on a journey to the African Savannah where we follow a day in the life of a lion cub. Year 1 have been busy writing descriptions of scenes from the story, as well drawing their favourite African animals and sharing animal stories from home. Year 1 have really impressed us with their knowledge during our African animal quizzes on Google Meet. Well done Year 1!
Take a look at these brilliant art projects which the children have undertaken at home, inspired by the amazing wildlife of the African Savannah.
This week, as part of our Topic, Year 2 have begun exploring and finding out all about life in Africa (both in school and in our home learning). Our Power Of Reading book 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' has sparked a lot of curiosity amongst the children. They came up with some intriguing questions about the African landscape and wondered how people go about their daily lives.
As part of our creative curriculum, we delved into the topic of African clothes. We studied various patterns and designs and produced some magnificent creations, carefully considering different colour schemes and patterns that match traditional African garments. Here are some impressive pieces of art. Awesome work Year 2!
This week, the children in school have been working really hard on the same work children are doing at home; they’re getting to grips with using Google classroom too!
Year 4 chose various liquids to predict whether they would freeze or not. Many of them were surprised by the outcome; who would have guessed that honey, alcohol gel and soy sauce would be so stubborn and refuse to freeze?!
We challenged the Year 6’s to create a nature trail for year 3/4, which they did brilliantly! The children were so excited to find everything on their list (they are still searching for that green hoop up the tree!). We’re sure the children at home would love to do parts of the hunt too, so we’ll pop that onto Google classroom for you.
The year 3’s also did some fantastic mosaics using coloured shapes – don’t they look fab?!
Another highlight of ours has been seeing our teachers and friends on the Google meet!
3HR have settled into home learning so well and have already thrown themselves into a variety of challenges! From outdoor sculptures to maths challenges...I am so proud of you all already. We have lots more to look forward to but here are a few snippets of the amazing things that have been going on at home.
3CE have been on fire* with their home learning this week!
They were set a number of challenges including creating their own sculptures in nature. Gwen’s spiral was particularly impressive!
Keep sending in your work everyone!
*not actually on fire!
Year 5 have been learning about human rights and designed their own posters.
Year 5 have all been trying to do something active every day, doing some exercise of our choice – some have enjoyed the suggested yoga exercises.
This week Mrs Williamson fired the clay dragons which Year 5 made during their Viking Day. They look rather splendid and Year 5 are looking forward to taking them home!
In Art, this week, children in the Year 5 and 6 Key Worker bubble watch a video from the National Portrait Gallery and created self-portraits. They had to make their own tools to use as brushes. They particularly enjoyed using sticks and brushes made of cardboard which they dipped in ink to design brilliant pictures of themselves.
Watch this link from the National Gallery -
Max’s poster on decimals to help yr4 Harry’s self-portrait
Today, the year 5 and 6 Key worker children will go home with a new house plant. They put stones at the bottom of a pot, then compost and finally a plant called Wandering Dude (Tradescantia Zebrina ‘violet’) which thrives in any conditions. They will look after it themselves and try to keep it alive. In a few months’ time, they can snap a branch, pot it, and give it to someone to grow their own Wandering Dude.