Term 6 Week 1 June 1st
As I write we are about to start the next phase in Lockdown schooling, this may not look very different for many children but there are plenty of changes going on!
June 1st is a day of preparation for staff without the children in school.
In the Resource Base the children who have been coming in will continue their half days this week and move to the longer day of 9 to 2:30 from June 8th. In the wider school We are expecting some children from Reception class then Year 1 and Year 6. Classes will be spread out through the school and kept apart as much as possible.
Parents have been asked how they feel about their child coming back into school and this is your personal judgement and choice. Please discuss with either me or Miss Weidner if you have any concerns. Home learning will continue on the website this term.
Hope you are all keeping safe and ready for another new term of learning!
This is the final week of a very unusual term; unlike any teaching I have ever done in 35 years of teaching! We have had a small number of Resource base children in for mornings, initially for 3 mornings only which in the last couple of weeks was extended to 5 mornings. It has been wonderful to see the work done by the children at home and know they are continuing with their learning.
All our plans for next term depend very much on Government advice and staff availability.
At the moment the plan is that more children will be in school from June 2nd (Tuesday) with invitations to the relevant year groups to reintegrate into school. Monday 1st will be a staff day (no children) to sort out the school in readiness for the changes.
The school is staggering start and end times to enable social distancing. You will get a call later this week to discuss any possible changes to your child’s arrangements.
I would like to thank all the parents who have made tremendous efforts with home schooling. I have loved hearing all about how the children are progressing. We are missing them all so much!
Next term I will continue to put Home learning on the website for the children still isolating and make contact every week with the parents of children not in school.
Don't forget the week beginning 25th May is the Spring holiday break. Relax, Keep safe and have fun.
It has been fabulous to see the photos and even video clips of you working from home. Well done to parents and children for keeping up with learning over this difficult time.
Some parents have given permission for the children’s work to go on the school Facebook page and this is great as this encourages children throughout the school.
Below are examples of work from rainbow class at home. Great work Julianna, Owen and Fred!
Home learning from Rainbow Class
Week 3 May 4th
It has been great to talk to parents every week and know how the children are getting on. I was very impressed with Owen’s animal fact file on Wolves. He had combined the learning from last term’s topic and our first story in our “Once upon a Time” topic. So far, I haven’t had any pictures of the houses made for the 3 Little Pigs, so the challenge has been extended to the end of this week.
Our new story is Goldilocks so you might like to do some cooking, try out porridge with your own combination of different added ingredients. Don’t forget to send me a photo!
Best wishes to you all, Stay safe!
Mrs Bray and The Rainbow Team
Week 2 April 27th
I hope you are all finding the suggestions for home learning useful. We would love to see how the children are progressing so do share pictures of them at work or of their work. Remember there are loads of links to websites on the Kids Zone area and Home Learning too.
Challenge this week
Please send me pictures of the cone characters from the Three Little pigs story and the houses you made for them. Remember you can make the houses out of anything you find at home or in the garden, not necessarily from straw, sticks and bricks you could use cereal boxes, tin cans, lego. If parents are happy to have the photos shared online then let me know.
Remember you could also post them on the Mardenvale facebook page!
I can't wait to see your efforts!
Best wishes Carolyn Bray and the Rainbow Team
Term 5 April 2020
A new term starts Monday 20th April but as Lockdown is extended very few children will be in school and learning will continue to take place in the home environment. Please take advantage of the email system put in place, to contact me with any queries or concerns and also to share your child's success.
The new topic this term is "Once upon a time" so will involve sharing familiar fairy stories and traditional tales. Each week I will put up suggestions for activities linked to different areas of learning. I have also prepared individual targets to send to each family for their particular child. (please email if you have not had these yet) As I am sure you are aware there is a wide range of ages and abilities within Rainbow class so the suggestions on the class pages may need more support or some extension to suit your particular child.
I am sharing the topic web which is a paired down version of what would have gone on in school.
Keep safe and stay in touch
To all the children _We miss you!!!!
best wishes from
Rainbow Staff team
Once Upon A Time topic web
Dear Parents and children,
This week is the start of a difficult time for all of us and particularly your children who will not be able to understand what is going on and why they cannot be with their friends. All children will have come home with a pack last week in case of school closure. This is to keep them going over the last two weeks of the term. The letter also gives some ideas of activities to do with your child. Do not expect your child to want to work for long periods of time. Their day is chunked into different activities and never involves sitting at a desk and working for longer than 20 minutes. I suggest "playing" school. Do look at on line sites for visual timetables and resources. Do implement a reward chart with stickers!
There is no expectation for the packs to be completed over the Easter break. If the school is closed after Easter a further pack will be sent out. Over the next few days the Resource base team are taking part in on-line training and looking for resources for you to access. Please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I want to know how you are all getting on!
Carolyn Bray and RB team