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Hope you are all staying safe and well at this difficult time. 

I have added this sub-page to our class page to help us to keep in touch, pass on any extra messages or post ideas for other activities that you might want to try at home and to let you know what I am getting up to at home. I will update this as often as possible.

 

Tuesday 7th April

I seriously just had to check what day it was on the computer just now. I was sure it was Monday for a moment! I'm sure you are all feeling a bit mixed up as well.

I spent today making the most of this sunny weather and playing in the garden with my children. They have been doing PE with Joe Wicks and yoga with Cosmic Kids and I am trying my best to keep up with them! I imagine all the parents are a little exhausted right now, I know I am! I have done some decorating in the house over the past couple of weeks and Mrs Ward has been making me do lots of sorting and tidying! 

A children's book about coronavirus has been published, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. I think it is a great way of explaining to children what is happening at the moment. Here it is: 

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler

 

Monday 13th April

Hope everybody had a safe and happy Easter. Thankfully the weather has been lovely so hopefully you have had chance to get some exercise outside. My children had fun hunting for eggs and having sack races in the garden. Sadly, Mrs Ward says that I am not allowed to eat any more chocolate sad

We have been trying to keep ourselves busy and have continued with Joe Wicks' PE lessons. Friday's fancy dress was a particular favourite of my girls. We have also been playing lots of board games and doing some crafts. I have discovered that slime is very difficult to clean up!

My children have been doing less schoolwork this week and I know that some parents have messaged me saying the same thing. Please do not worry if you are struggling to motivate your children to complete the activities that have been set. We have all been in isolation for three weeks now and I'm sure all the children are feeling uneasy about the change in routine. Please just continue to do any activities as and when they are appropriate for you and your family and do not worry if some days are more productive than others.

I have received an email from Building Bridges Pendle who are organising an event - Fly Your Flag Day, 4th May - to celebrate our local community. Scroll down this page for more information about how to show your support.

Miss Key has been adding some Science activities from the Primary Science Teaching Trust that can be found here https://www.whitefield-inf.lancs.sch.uk/science-1/.

 

Sunday 19th April

Hello again everybody.

I hope you are all safe and well. This week, my family and I have been again taking advantage of the nice weather and have been going for lots of walks, bike rides and scooter rides down to the canal near us. It was Mrs Ward's birthday on Friday and we had planned to go and see a show in Manchester which was cancelled so we did our best to make it special for her. The positive side of being in lock-down was that she didn't have to share her cake with many people!

I am really missing all of you and hope that we are all back in school together again as soon as possible. As we would have been heading back into school next week after the Easter holidays, the teachers have put together some home learning tasks linked to the learning that we would have been doing. I have added them to the Home Learning section of our class web page, which you can find here: https://www.whitefield-inf.lancs.sch.uk/home-learning-5/

 

Monday 20th April

Good afternoon.

BBC Bitesize have put together some fantastic lessons that you can try at home. Click the link to the Year 2 page:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons/1

 

Another super resource is the weekly lessons from the Oak Academy. This is the link for the year 2 page: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/#schedule

 

Please try to do something each day. I know it is tricky whilst you are at home but I find keeping in a routine works best. Remember to try and get up and dressed before 9am and set a time each day where you will focus on your learning. If you could do one hour a day, that would be excellent.

As always, please email me to show me what you get up to and I will put it up for the rest of the class to see. If you have any questions, you can email me and I will do my best to help.

 

Thursday 23rd April

Good morning, everyone.

I have been trying my best to follow my own advice and stick to a routine this week. I definitely notice a difference if I start the day with some sort of exercise; I have much more energy and I'm far more enthusiastic. The weekend weather looks like it's going to be lovely so hopefully you will all get some time outside.

Thank you to the children who have sent in pictures of their learning from this week's task sheet. The pictures are now on our Children's Page yes

Mr Brown has added another music lesson to his YouTube channel. This one is all about pitch. If you do any of these lessons, please send me an email telling me what you have learnt. This is the link to his channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChL1u4mbKEGcqByWtuaMvKw

The Department for Education have put together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. 

The list includes subject-specific resources for English, maths, science, PE, wellbeing and children with special educational needs and disabilities. Follow the link to access the resources:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

Keep an eye out for next week's learning tasks, which will go live on our class page on Monday.

Have a great weekend smiley

 

Friday 1st May

A big thank you to all the children who have sent me pictures of their learning from week two. You have all worked so hard! Thank you also to your families for their continued support, it really is amazing to see! I am looking forward to receiving some more emails over the weekend. You can send in pictures or descriptions of anything that you get up to, whether it is a task set by me, a creative activity that you do or any helping out with daily chores at home.

I have been getting my dancing shoes on this week as my children have discovered Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse's YouTube lessons. I think I have enjoyed them more than my children have! It is definitely a work out trying to remember all the moves and sort out my two left feet at the same time! If you would like to give it a go, here's a link to her channel 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58aowNEXHHnflR_5YTtP4g. My favourite so far is The Greatest Showman dance. Here's a picture of my daughters as they practised it.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and hopefully the weather will return to being sunny very soon smiley

 

Monday 11th May

I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend. I spent lots of time in the garden last week; enjoying the sunshine and chatting with the neighbours. My family and I celebrated VE Day on Friday with Mrs Ward's delicious homemade scones. My children have continued to enjoy Oti Mabuse's dance classes on YouTube. We have now added Disney's Frozen and Moana to our growing repertoire.

Another big thank you to the children who have emailed their learning from week three. I am so proud of you all for trying your best and working so hard at home. It's great to see some of you sending in pictures of you being creative as well or helping out at home. I think we need to publish a Class 8 cook book with all the budding young chefs and bakers we have!

I am very much looking forward to receiving your learning from week four. The new task sheet is available to download in the 'home learning' section of our website.

Wishing all of you a safe, happy and productive week smiley

 

Sunday 17th May

Hello everyone. I hope you are all happy and healthy.

This week, my family and I have taken advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions and have been on some longer walks around our local area. We really enjoyed seeing the ducklings, cygnets and goslings along the canal and rivers as we were waiting to see when they would appear. We encountered a very protective daddy swan who made us go on a long diversion! I've put some pictures below.

The teachers are all heading back into school next week to prepare for the return of our youngest children and I am looking forward to seeing everybody again (from a safe distance!). I hope that we will soon be able to welcome back our Year 2 pupils before the end of the summer term.

Next week's (week five's) learning tasks will be available tomorrow morning so please try your best to complete all of the challenges and stay in a routine at home. Another big thank you to all the children and parents who have sent in their home learning tasks from this week (week four). I have really enjoyed reading all of your super writing and the creative ways that you have presented your learning.

Next week should be another nice week weather-wise so I hope you can all get out and about. Please remember to wear sun-cream and a suitable hat if you do head outside.

Have fun everyone smiley

Friday 22nd May

Good morning all!

I would like to say a big Eid Mubarak to everyone for this weekend! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families, even if it has to be a little different this time. Please feel free to send any pictures of your celebrations and I will put them on the Children's Page section of our website.

The staff at school have all been in this week to prepare for our phased re-opening and to make sure that it is safe for everyone. It has been nice to see everybody back at Whitefield, although not in the 'normal' way. 

Thank you to all the children and families who have emailed me their learning and photographs of what they've been getting up to this week. You have all worked incredibly hard and have shown an amazingly grown-up, disciplined attitude to your learning. Because you have worked so hard, you can have a well-deserved rest next week in what would have been the summer half-term holiday and I will not be posting any home-learning tasks.

Stay safe and enjoy smiley

Wednesday 3rd June

I hope everybody had a wonderful Eid and a restful half-term. 

The weather has been fantastic so I hope you all got the chance to play outside as much as possible. I have been enjoying time in the garden and have been exploring my local woods with my family. There were so many squirrels to spot and we loved watching them running around and playing with each other. Last weekend, we decided to drive to the beach at Cleveleys. It was the first time that we had all been out in the car together and it was amazing to feel the sand between our toes and splash in the sea.

Thank you to all the children who have sent me emails and photographs of their learning from the final week of last half-term. You have all worked super hard! 

I have been in school this week to look after our key worker children who are all missing their friends very much but we have managed to have lots of fun in the sun. Unfortunately, the weather has deteriorated and it looks like they won't get to enjoy the outdoor provision that we have as much.

Yesterday was the start of our new half-term and the final one before you Year 2 children leave Whitefield and move on to Year 3. I hope that we do get to see each other in school before you make the transition.

Your new learning activities are on the home learning section of our website and I would like you to complete as many of the challenges as possible. My daughters started their new terms this week and have struggled to get back into the routine of learning at home. Please remember that it is so important that you do your learning as it will help you so much when we do return to school, however hard it might be. Remember to read every day to keep those skills sharp. You have all made great progress with your reading this year so it would be a shame if any of you were to lose some of your ability.

Keep working hard and enjoy your week.

 

Thursday 11th June

Good afternoon. I hope you are all safe and well.

The weather this week has meant that my family and I have been staying inside more but we have tried our best to visit friends and family outside in gardens as much as possible. I'm sure your parents will agree that it is so nice to be able to meet and chat to other adults again! I have certainly learnt during this difficult period that the little things in life should never be taken for granted.

Thank you to all the children who continue to send in pictures of their learning and what they have been getting up to. It is wonderful to see that you are all safe, happy and healthy and I am so proud of you all for continuing to work so hard at home.

Your home learning tasks will be changing next week. Mrs Mason has bought workbooks for everybody so that you have something different to do at home. It will also help those of you that do not have access to the technology needed to help you with your home learning. More information about this will be sent to your parents. Please do continue to email me with questions and send in any pictures of what you get up to. I will also continue to post messages on here.

I hope you all received your reports and that you are happy with your progress and achievements in Year 2. You have all worked incredibly hard and you are a wonderful class. If your parents would like to ask me anything about your report, please get them to email me: a.ward@whitefield-inf.lancs.sch.uk

Enjoy your weekend yes

Activities for you to try at home

Easter Activities

There are lots of ideas online but here are some of my favourites.

 

Easter Egg Nests

There are lots of recipes online but here is one suggestion: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/eastereggnests_93841

 

 

Fork Flowers

Again, there are lots of ideas online but here is one link:

https://supersimple.com/article/fork-flowers/

 

 

 

Flower Dissection

Practise your observational skills and get hands-on with nature, you'll be amazed at what you find! Remember not to pick wild flowers. Your grown ups might be able to buy some at the supermarket if you don't already have some at home. This link gives you more of an insight:

https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/preschool-botany-lesson-part-3-dissecting-a-flower/

 

 

 

Natural Self-Portraits

If you are out and about getting some exercise, gather some natural materials (responsibly) and make a self-portrait when you get back home.

Building Bridges Pendle - Fly Your Flag Day

Building Bridges is a fantastic charity located in Nelson who already work closely with us in Class 8 to support our partnership with Wheatley Lane School.

They are hoping to bring together our local and national community to stand together in solidarity. Fly Your Flag Day aims to celebrate our wonderful families, friends, neighbours and key workers and acts of kindness at this challenging time.

Please support and get involved by decorating a flag and showcasing it in your home, window or garden on Monday 4th May 2020! Be sure to send me photographs of all your creations smiley

See the photograph for information about how to get involved.

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