Previous Weekly Updates
Week 10 Update
I can't believe we are already in the middle of June and that there are only about five weeks left until the end of the school year. I definitely could never have predicted that this would be how our year together as Rowan Class would end, however, I have been so impressed with your hard work and resilience over the last few months; you should all be really proud of yourselves.
I've really enjoyed our phone calls during lockdown - it's been great hearing about all the amazing things you've been doing - and I'm now really excited about our upcoming Zoom calls, as it will be great to see you all, even if only virtually for now.
Thank you to all of you for getting your leavers' book messages to me by the deadline. Mrs Hardy is busy collating them all to put in the book and I know it will look fantastic when it's completed.
This week has seen me return to school with Blobfish and Turtle pods. Although school life is very different now, it really has been wonderful being in the classroom with children again. Aside from work, I have been taking part in some virtual quizzes, helping my sister choose some furniture for her new home and continuing to develop my cooking skills.
Have a great week, stay safe and keep up the good work,
Week 7 Update
So, here we are in the second week of summer term 2. I hope you all had a fantastic half term and had a chance to relax a little. I know some of you are very excited about getting your leavers' hoodies and have asked about how to order them. A letter about leaders' hoodies went and how to order them was sent out last week. Please note that the deadline for ordering these at the discounted price is Thursday 11th June.
It has been lovely seeing all the amazing photos of your learning and I've really enjoyed reading the written tasks you've sent me. Don't forget that this week's writing task is to write something for the leavers' book. If you need any help with this, have a look at the examples provided, or email the class email address.
Over the last couple of weeks, in addition to setting up the classroom and looking at your work on Get Epic and My Maths, I've embarked upon a bit of an organisation spree! I've even attempted to tackle my fear of spiders by boxing up and labelling everything in my loft. Those of you in school next week will also notice how much tidier my desk is (I am going to try my best to keep it that way too). I've started reading the Michael Carrick autobiography, which I meant to start ages ago, have spent time in my garden and have even won my first Mario Kart race.
I hope you are all ok and staying safe.
Week 5 Update
It's hard to believe that we are now in May and that we haven't been in school together since March! I have been so impressed with the effort a lot of you have been putting into your learning at home and it has been lovely speaking to all of you when I do my weekly phone calls. This section is just a place for me to update you all with key messages from school and update you with what I've been doing while school has been closed. You may like to do something similar, perhaps by keeping a diary, which you could look back on one day. We are living through a key moment in history after all!
Last week was actually surprisingly busy. I filled my days by looking at all the amazing learning you've been doing on Get Epic and My Maths, and I even managed to complete the TTRS challenges that some of you had set me. Your times are definitely speeding up, so I think I need to do a bit more practising! I have continued to try and run at least four times a week (I know some of you have seen me out and about on your daily walks, which has been lovely) and I'm gradually improving my running times, although I don't think I'm quite ready for a 5k just yet. I've started using my evenings to practise the piano a bit more, which is something I don't often get time for, and I've started experimenting with some new dinner recipes. I'm also at the stage where I'm not coming near the bottom in every Mario kart race, which is great. Another way I like to spend the evenings is reading. I've just finished reading 'Letters from the Lighthouse', which is a great book if you are interested in WW2 and evacuation (and very fitting with it being the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday). Are you and your family celebrating this in any way? If you are, I'd love to see photos and hear all about it, especially if you completed the bunting activity on this week's challenge grid.
That's it for this week's update, but I will update again soon. Stay safe and keep up the good work.
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Celebrating VE Day
It's now been 75 years since Winston Churchill made his victory in Europe speech and people across the UK have been marking the occasion in a variety of ways. Did you do anything special this weekend? My family and I looked out for the Red Arrows and the spitfires, but sadly saw neither. We did, however, participate in the two minute silence and also had a VE Day themed afternoon tea, with delicious cakes and sandwiches. It has been lovely receiving photos of the ways some of you marked the occasion. Take a look below to see what Rowan Class has been up to on this bank holiday weekend.
Happy Summer Term, Rowan. I hope you all had a fantastic Easter and managed to enjoy the last two weeks. I am very much looking forward to seeing your fantastic learning over the coming days. I've been trying to do my own learning and have started doing some online courses, which have been really interesting. I also decided to do some writing and have written you all a poem. If any of you decide to write any poems during lockdown, I would love to read them!