Welcome to Berlin Class
Hi Berlin Class!
May I start by saying how much I miss seeing you all on a daily basis. You are all such a great team who are tolerant of each other when you are working together at school. Being part of that team makes me smile and makes me extremely proud to be your teacher. However, like you, I am being resilient by staying in and following the rules of the country, so that we can keep everyone around us safe and well. On my daily exercise walk, I am seeing lots of lovely 'rainbows' in windows and I imagine that you have also been drawing some. Rainbows usually come after a storm, they make everything bright again and if we continue in our resilience and we send our loving thoughts to everyone around us, in time everything will be bright again and we will all be together in school.
In the meantime, I hope you are busy with your family and making the most of being able to spend quality time together. This is a time to be creative, to share with each other, to talk to each other, to read, sing and play together, to cook, to exercise and perhaps find hidden talents that you never knew you had. My daughter and I have made lots of cakes and each day as we practise they are getting more and more tasty!
Please check the class pages regularly, as I will be uploading some activities for you to complete at home. Setting the tasks will help to keep my mind active and completing them will keep your minds active, so this is good brain gym workout for all of us! It would be lovely to see some of your finished work, so if you have any photographs of work you have completed, please email to the school.
I hope you and your families continue to keep safe and well and I very much look forward to the time when we will all be together again. Stay tolerant and resilient in your homes. I know that you will always be the 'very best version of yourselves' whatever you may be doing. Well done!
Be sure to check out some lovely activities that aim to promote calmness and well being in our 'mindfulness' section on the website.
Home Learning w/c 20.4.20
Hi Berlin Class
It has been a very long time now since I have seen you and I have to say, I am really missing your smiling faces! I bet some of you have now grown in height and are taller than when school sadly closed in March. I hope that you, and all your families, have continued to stay safe and well and have found some new and exciting ways of spending time at home. Remember you can always email any work you have completed and are proud of, or indeed anything you would like me to see - perhaps something you have cooked, or some new games you have played. I hope you are enjoying the activities that I have been sending - keep up the good work. You all deserve a big pat on the back - so give yourself one!
Take good care of yourselves and others
Hi Berlin Class
I hope you have all had a good week and remain safe and well. It has been lovely to welcome back some of our children this week, although I of course miss everyone else! Hope you are continuing to enjoy the activities and that the rain hasn't spoiled your fun too much.
As always take care of yourselves and others
Hi Berlin Class
This week I have been able to speak to some of the mums, dads and children from Berlin Class and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. All of you have been so busy working on activities from our class page, or on activities that members of your family have found. A well done to you all for keeping busy - it shows great resilience!
Monday 22nd June to 26th June, celebrates 'Maths Week London', so for some fabulous maths activities, log on to their website https://www.mathsweeklondon.org/resources-ks1/ to have a try. I played a game where I made pizzas and at the same time practised using quarters and halves. It was great fun!
Take good care of yourselves and others
Hi Berlin Class
I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine this week, although at some points it has been a little too hot!
I hope too that you are keeping safe in the sunshine and wearing sun cream. I have been smothering myself in factor 50 this week and have looked a bit like a snowman with thick white cream over me. I hope also that you have remembered to drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated. You will notice how the green grass is turning yellow through not having enough water - like your body, it needs water to flourish and keep healthy. With cream and plenty of water, the lovely weather can be enjoyed and it is good to be outside, feeling the warmth of the sun and having fun. My wish is that you have all been feeling good and having fun over the last week.
For your information, here are two websites which you may find useful and wish to have a look at. The first gives parents healthy sleep tips for children - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/healthy-sleep-tips-for-children/. The second is produced by Family Links, a national charity dedicated to the promotion of emotional health at home and at school. To support families during this difficult time, they have put together a Covid-19 page with lots of helpful articles and videos - https://www.familylinks.org.uk/parent-zone.
Take a look at the websites and remember, like the grass needing water to be healthy, we all need love, nurture and support from those around us to have good emotional health and to feel happy, healthy and safe - one of our very important Jubilee keys for life.
As always, missing you all and take good care of yourselves and others
Hi Berlin Class
Another week has gone past very quickly and we are now in the month of July, which is the month that always feels like summer to me. However, this week it has been a bit gloomy and in a way reflects how I sometimes feel, as it has been such a long time since we have all seen each other and I continue to miss you. I can't be 'Team Berlin' on my own, as I need you! As it is not good to feel gloomy for too long, I told myself to do some positive thinking about all the good things that are around us - happy thoughts and memories of people we miss, thankfulness for the family and friends that are in our bubble and that we continue to see, acts of extreme kindness that we hear about, the beautiful nature that surrounds us and the everyday things in life which bring a smile to our face. That smile came readily to my face when I thought of each and everyone of you being part of my 'Berlin Team'. I am no longer gloomy and look forward to when we meet again.
As always, take care of yourselves and others
Hi Berlin Class
As you know, this is the last week of school and the summer break is here. So it is therefore with both sadness and hope that I write this last message to you. Sadness for the time that we have not seen each other during lockdown and have not been engaged together learning in the classroom and hope that the future brings brighter things and a positive change in the way we live as a community and in the way we learn. You have all shown great resilience in dealing with the changes that have happened in your lives, you have all shown tolerance in sharing your space with your family every day, you have all shown respect to others in order to keep them and yourselves safe and I am extremely proud of you! I'm sure your family are extremely proud too. When you return to school in September, school will also be a different place to how you left it - new classroom, new ways of doing things and a new teacher. Change can be scary and you may feel a little anxious about returning in September, but change can also be exciting, as it brings new and better ways of doing things. The best part is that you are able to deal with change, as you already have in an amazing way! Some things of course remain the same - that you are in my thoughts, that you will always be special to me, that I will always be proud of you and that I can't wait to see you in September where my aim, in the Jubilee way, will be to keep you happy, healthy, safe!
I wish you all a very good break for the summer, filled with much fun. Keep learning and reading, as this also counts as fun!
As always, take care of yourselves and others.
Welcome to Year One! I hope you have a really fantastic holiday and feel ready for your new adventures in year one. I cannot wait to have you in my class to learn some wonderful new interesting things! This is our class page where we will post different pieces of your work/achievements from lots of different subjects. When you feel proud of something, please let me know so that I can post it onto our page. Remember to keep visiting throughout the year to explore some of the hard work that you have completed. On our page, you can also see what we are going to be learning about in our class newsletter. You can access this page at home so if you would like to, you will also be able to share your learning with your grown-ups.
What a very busy 1st half term it has been for Berlin Class. In art, we have been looking at the work of the artist Arcimboldo. He was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. We have created our own portraits by collaging various fruits.
In English, we have been learning about the features of instructions - that they are bossy, numbered, have picture steps and can contain time conjunctions such as 'first, next, then, after that and finally'. We had great fun making jam sandwiches and then wrote up our own instructions for someone to follow, on how to make their own jam sandwich. The best part was eating the sandwiches we had made!
In maths, we have been using numicon to help us learn about number bonds. We have been finding two numbers that add together to make 10. The challenge was to find as many ways as we could.
In Science we have been learning about our 5 senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Different activities helped us:
1) A 'tasting' table - we had to taste different foods whilst blindfolded and describe the taste. Some of us did not enjoy the sour lemon, but nearly all of us loved the sweet chocolate and wanted more!
2) A 'feely box' table - we had to feel inside the boxes, describe what we felt to our friend and see if we could guess what was in the box.
3) A 'sight' table - we had to find the objects hidden in a bottle of rice and record on a whiteboard what we had found.
4) A 'listening' table - we listened carefully to the 'Tiger Who Came To Tea' to see if we could re-tell it to a friend.
5) A 'smell' table - we smelled the scent in some bottles and tried to match the scent with its corresponding picture.
We have been very lucky to be 'first aid' trained so young. With the support of a paramedic, we learned how to help someone if they had a nosebleed, how to put a bandage on and we also learnt about a very important organ - the heart.
November gave us opportunities for learning in history. We were able to learn that we celebrate firework night to remember that Guy Fawkes and his men tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament but failed. We made our own firework pictures out of chalk and also used chalk to draw fireworks on the playground. On November 11th at 11am we held a two minute silence as a whole school as part of remembrance and wrote our own remembrance messages. We were also lucky to have an actor visiting our school who dressed as a WW1 soldier and taught us about some of the events of WW1.
Spring Term Topic - Vroom Vroom
As you are aware, in February, the Chinese New Year was celebrating the year of the 'Rat'. We were lucky to be able to have a 'dancing dragon' come into school and were taught how to celebrate through Chinese dances. This was great fun, especially when we were turned into a dragon! It also provided good cross-curricular links with PE, as this term we have been focussing on dance.
In science, we have been learning about plants. This has involved looking at plants and trees in the environment, we have also been labelling the parts of a plant and have learnt about the function of the petals. We hope you have noticed our newly dug soil which we had to prepare in order to plant our bulbs. All we have to do now is watch and wait for them to grow!
In Design Technology, we have been designing our own vehicles. We then made our vehicles, adding axels and wheels and finishing off by painting. In the final stage of 'evaluation', we had to think about what we liked and disliked, what we might change and whether the made product reflected our design. In the computer suite we have also used a programme called 'Paint' to design vehicles.