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End of half-term message

Hello all!

First of all, many apologies – I wrote the message below at the end of the half-term and thought I had posted it online – I hadn’t. It was sitting in the draft folder! Apologies for that! I hope that you have all had a great first week of the Easter holidays and that the weather settles down for us all next week!

All of the pupils in Darwin class have worked exceptionally hard this half-term and have completed a LOT of work in a relatively short time. As a result, I have decided not to set any Easter homework. If you or your child would like some work to complete during the Easter break, please ask your child to contact me on Edmodo and I will provide some asap!

Our final piece of homework for the term was a creative task. The children were asked to decorate an egg in any way they wished to – we had some very creative responses. Please find below our winning egg designers. All the entries were eggcellent! (Sorry!)

Congratulations also to Alfie and Liam who were our Star Pupils this half-term. Both boys have been outstanding in every lesson, every day. We have all been very impressed with them.

Spellings for the first week back are on the spelling page of the website. Enjoy your Easter break – see you in the ‘Summer Term’!

Mrs. E.

 

Thursday 1st April in Darwin Class

All of the children in Darwin class have worked really hard this half-term. They have completed a lot of work in a relatively short period of time and they assure me that they are deserving of a treat. I agree!

We have decided that, in Darwin class on Thursday, we are going to watch a film in the morning and spend the afternoon outside doing PE. The children can come in to school wearing non-school uniform and can also bring in a small treat to enjoy whilst watching the film (a small bag of crisps or popcorn, for example).

Also, just a quick reminder that there are two special menus available in school this week:

Wednesday: Roast chicken, or quorn Fillet, stuffing, pigs in blankets, roasted & creamed potatoes with seasonal vegetables. Followed by an Easter cup cake topped with mini eggs or an Easter themed shortbread biscuit.

Thursday: Cheese pizza, or quorn hot dog, with chips & peas followed by a chocolate chip cookie and ice-cream.

Mrs. E.

 

 

End of the week message from Mrs. Evans.

We have had yet another busy and productive week in Darwin class. Everyone has worked hard and is ready for the weekend!

This week’s certificates were awarded for general, overall excellence (and a fantastic school crest design: Labora ut fias optimus!) and for beautiful handwriting. Here are the worthy recipients:

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to two of our Darwin pupils today. Seb and Noah have recently moved house and are starting a new school on Monday morning. We will be very sad to see them go, as they have been with us since they were very small – it won’t be the same without them! Good luck boys – keep in touch!

Have a restful weekend! (Homework is to complete two pages of maths in the CGP books – this week’s pages are written in the grid at the front of the book.)

All the best,

Mrs. E.

Message from Mrs. Evans.

We have had an excellent first week back in school. We have all worked really hard; enjoyed seeing our friends and had a few laughs along the way!

I have been really impressed with ALL of the children in Darwin class – they have come back into school with big smiles on their faces and lots of enthusiasm for learning. They have all done exceptionally well in every lesson, including our weekly spelling test and our mental maths work.

It was really hard to pick only two people for our certificates this week but that’s what we had to do. Here they are, our two outstanding pupils of the week:

 

I hope you all have an excellent weekend!

See you on Monday,

Mrs. E.

School on Monday!

I am very much relieved, as I am sure are you, to wave goodbye to remote learning! I am really looking forward to the children coming back to school on Monday and some level of normality returning!

School routines and procedures will be as they were in December, with staggered starts and ends to the school day and a ‘bubble’ approach throughout. Further information about this can be found on our school news page: Back to school info.

Our class timetable will remain largely the same as last term, with PE taking place on Thursday and Friday although, as the weather improves, we may take a flexible approach to this, so it would be useful if PE kits were in school all week. Spelling tests will be held on Mondays and homework will be given out on Fridays – although I may hold back on the homework for the first week!

If you have any questions about your child’s return to school, please contact me on the email address below. Please note that I will check my emails on Saturday but I won’t be logging on during Sunday, as I will be busy preparing for Monday. (This may or may not mean that I will be sleeping!)

Have a great weekend!

All the best,

Mrs. E.

darwinclass@stokeontern.shropshire.sch.uk

 

 

Start of a new half-term.

I hope you are all well and have had a restful half-term – as restful as possible anyway!

We are about to embark on the second half of the spring term and it is likely to be a half-term of change. Hopefully, by the end of tomorrow, we will all know more about the Government’s plans for the wider opening of schools and what that means for us at Stoke-on-Tern. We will all need to keep an eye on the national news bulletins! For this week and next, however, it is more remote learning for us all!

This week’s scheduled zoom sessions are:

(Links will be posted on the website and codes sent via text, as usual)

Unfortunately, I will be unable to hold any Zoom sessions on Thursday and Friday this week, as I have (virtual) meetings to attend all day, for both days. Work will be set, as usual, on the school website and I will catch-up with the children on a Zoom session on Monday, next week.

Work is set on this page, daily: https://www.stokeonternschool.org.uk/category/darwinclass-homework/

As ever, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact me via the school text system or by email:

darwinclass@stokeontern.shropshire.sch.uk

All the best,

Mrs. E.

End of the week message from Mrs. Evans.

Dear families,

We have reached the end of the penultimate week of this half-term. One more week of home-schooling to go before we can put the daily time tables, the devices and their screens away for a week and have some serious ‘down time’! I am sure you are all more than ready for that!

This week we have had the theme ‘Express Yourself’ running through our learning. It is often tough to express yourself when we are ‘locked down’ and cooped up! Thank-goodness for technology. How great is it that we can all communicate via instant messages, video and voice calls? I have certainly become a huge fan of Zoom – seeing the children during the week is wonderful. I really look forward to each and every meeting.

Learning to use technology to communicate independently and safely is a part of life for young people these days. The online world is not easy to navigate. I am not sure which poses the greatest challenges, learning to use the internet to communicate as a pre-teen or being the parent of a pre-teen learning to use the internet to communicate! Luckily there are lots of resources available that can help us all to navigate these relatively new waters. I have posted some really useful links below which can help to  guide you through the pitfalls of some of the social media apps and online games which are popular at the moment. I have also posted the planned zoom sessions for next week to help you to plan your home learning time tables.

Have a very restful weekend. Do something you enjoy!

Mrs. E.

WhatsApp – A guide for parents

Roblox – A guide for parents

Among Us – A guide for parents

TikTok – A guide for parents

Next Week’s Zoom Sessions:

 

 

 

A Message from Mrs. Evans

Dear families,

I  really enjoyed our 1:1 ‘zooms’ this week – it was great to catch-up with the children, discuss their work and have a general chat. If your child wanted a 1:1 meeting, but you were unable to book one this week, please get in touch and we can arrange one for sometime in the next few weeks, before half-term. You can contact me either  through the school texting system, or email me at: darwinclass@stokeontern.shropshire.sch.uk

I have scheduled the following whole-class Zoom sessions for next week (week beginning Monday 1st Feb.)  I hope that as many pupils as possible will be able to join for each one:

Our trial of Seesaw is now well underway. The teachers and pupils in Housman and Caradoc class are enjoying using it, as are the children in Darwin, who have started to explore its functionality, so it looks like it could be here to stay! I will resend passwords and log-in details, via text, over the next few days to ensure that all of the children in Darwin have access.

I will continue to set the daily lesson timetable and post lesson details on our homework page on the school website, as I do currently. I will let you know on there if the accompanying tasks have been set on Seesaw. We will continue to use Edmodo, as it has a lot to offer which Seesaw doesn’t (for example, free online file storage for pupils and free Office Microsoft Online) but I will not set work on there unless pupils request it. Edmodo will continue to function as our virtual class space where pupils can communicate and share information in a safe online environment, should they wish to do so. I will continue to be an active Edmodo user and will interact with pupils – and parents – on there as I have always done.

I hope that you all have a restful weekend and you get the chance to do something you enjoy – I am hoping to read a book!

Mrs. E.

 

 

Individual catch-up sessions.

I would like to offer individual Zoom sessions during the week beginning the 25th of January, so that pupils have a chance to catch-up with me on a 1:1 basis.

The focus of this session is very much up to each individual child. It could be a chance to go over some of the work that has been set so far, to chat about any issues or concerns they have, or even just a chance to say hello and have a general chat.

If your child would like to book a session (on the days below), text the school suggesting a suitable time. I will get back to you to confirm as soon as possible.

Monday 25th January – Year 5 ‘catch-up chat’ sessions between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday 26th January – Year 6 ‘Catch-up chat’ sessions between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Mrs. E.

Planned Zoom sessions:

 

 

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