Hello from Miss O' Donovan
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you are all keeping well. How strange it seems that a new term should start and our classroom stands empty. The squirrels who call Millfields home must be wondering why there is now a shortage of toast crumbs and half munched apples for them to feast on. I guess we must take comfort in the fact that we have blue skies and the weather lends itself well to spending time outside in your garden or yard.
I am really enjoying receiving emails to let me know what you have been up to, so thank you for all of your efforts and please continue to send me examples of your work/activities.
I recently uploaded a story to our YouTube channel 'The King of Tiny Things'. If you have not seen it, please take a look as it will form the basis of some of the upcoming Seesaw tasks.
From now (April 2020), Times Table Rock Stars will appear as an option on our new Year 2 Choice Board, and I will continue to monitor the usage of this resource. I will no longer set specific activities on Education City, but please do continue to use this when you wish, accessing activities of your own choice.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say that I do not want any of you to worry if you have problems accessing any of the online activities . If you contact me via my email address I am more than willing to drop off paper copies of tasks. Not all tasks can be printed off, but in those instances I could try to find something similar.
In addition to the links that I have put on our home learning page, I will also be setting tasks on Seesaw. This is a new learning platform that the children can access from Monday, the 27th April. You will be sent information regarding how to use it, and I, myself, will forward you a Home Sign in Text Code so the children can begin to access the tasks that I have prepared for them.
Reading at home:
Please continue to listen to your child reading at least three times a week. I have put links to various reading resources on our home learning page. I am always adding to it, such as the recent post about the new resources produced by Oxford Owl.
As with reading, there are suggestions regarding spelling with your child on the home learning page. Any spelling practice carried out with your child will undoubtedly benefit them and thus, put them in a better position for when we eventually return to school, so please do what you can. All your efforts are much appreciated.
In addition to the links that I have put on our home learning page, I will also be setting tasks on Seesaw. Again, regarding Seesaw, the tasks that will be assigned for each week (they will appear on a Monday) are to be done when it suits your home life best, just as long as you try to do them by the Friday.
I know from your photos and emails that many children have already done lots of work on what would have been our summer science topic 'Plants'. Over the next few weeks I will try to link this area of science to our tasks, such as those on Seesaw, where and when appropriate.
Our next cross curricular study would have been a history theme. 'Great Fires' - focussing on both the Great Fire of London and Nantwich. Again, as time goes on, I will endeavour to set some tasks linked to this theme.
At this point I would usually have said that we will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations, but I think that we will all have improved our IT skills by the time the rainbow begins to fade and we return to life as we knew it.
In PE, this term would have been spent doing preparation for sports day and playing team games. I have seen from many of your emails and photos that you are doing what you can to keep fit and healthy, which is fantastic. Lots of you have been joining in with Jo Wicks, running circuits in your garden or simply bouncing on your trampoline as a way of keeping fit, so please keep it up! Maybe you could organise a sports day for your family. I know that my dog certainly likes to run.
Please make use of the suggestions on our home learning page and let me know how you find Seesaw. I love feedback, so then I know what works and what doesn't work so well.
Most importantly, stay safe and keep smiling.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact me on my email address.
Miss O’ Donovan