Our learning this week
Arlo - This Is Me
It's been great to be back at school this week. This atmosphere has been calm and purposeful and we've seen lots of happy, smiling faces. The Year 5 children have settled very quickly into both old and new routines - they're very respectful of our Covid rules and have shown a lot of patience around the restrictions on their movement, playtimes and sharing of space and resources.
We have started the term with a mini-topic on the theme of 'Hope'. Children have shared some ambitious and sensitive thoughts on their hopes for themselves, their new class, their school, community and the wider world. They have take inspiration from William Kamkwamba, who built a wind turbine to generate electricity for his village in Malawi at the age of 15. His TED talk can be found here: https://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind?language=en There is also a recent film about his achievement on Netflix entitled 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind'. They've enjoyed making their own paper windmills and after exploring symbols of hope from different cultures have made their own stencils of hope symbols. Some children have used their stencils with different media to create a variety of beautiful artwork.
Our home learning is on the school web page this week, but will be on TEAMs as soon as the children have been ported to their new year groups.
Please take a little time to look at our topic webs and newsletter for this term. As always, if you have any questions or concerns or just want to catch up with us, you can email the school office and they'll forward your messages to us so that we can get back to you.
We've enjoyed getting to know the children so far and are really looking forward to working with them this year. Have a good weekend.