Thursday 21st May
Dear Red Kites, parents and carers,
It has been lovely to catch up with many of you and to hear your news. Next week is half term so make sure that you have a bit of time to relax and enjoy yourself - hopefully the weather will be kind to us.
Many of you may have already heard about the Covid 19 snake challenge. The idea is to paint a rock with a special design and then add it to the long snake that is being made outside the fire station on Ock Street in Abingdon. If you make one, I would love to see your rock designs as well as anything else that you have been doing. Please email your photos to me at the usual address: firstname.lastname@example.org and remember to let me know if you are happy for them to go on our class page or not. Are you still clapping for key workers each Thursday too?
The next timetable and resources will be uploaded to this page on Sunday 31st May. Our topic next term is all about scientists who have changed the world. Perhaps you have a favourite scientist that you can think of already? I am looking forward to hearing your ideas.
Have a great half term and keep staying safe,
Sunday 17th May 2020
Dear Red Kites, parents and carers,
I hope you are all well and enjoying the weather. I can't believe that this is the last week of term. You have all managed amazingly with your home learning. It has been a brand new experience for most of us and you have all made it work for you. I have been so impressed with the work you have been doing and the quality of your learning. It has been so lovely to see some of your wonderful work which I have now put on the class page. Please continue to send in your photos.
I will be at school next week from Tuesday to Thursday so if you would like a phone call, please ring the school and leave me a message.
Best wishes and take care,
Sunday 10th May 2020
Dear Red Kites, parents and carers,
I hope that you are all well and that you had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend. We have been so lucky with the weather (until today). I am aiming to call everyone this week and if you have any questions or feedback about the online learning, I would really like to hear it.
Unfortunately, White Rose have changed the resources available to you this week. You will no longer be able to obtain the worksheet from their website. However, we have put all the worksheets and answers on the class page which is why there are so many different links today. I hope that you will be able to find what you need.
Please continue to send in photos of your homework. I would particularly like to see your mantles or designs for a Powhatan village or anything creative that you have made. Year 6 have a lot of photos on their pages and I would really like to have more on ours too. If you have any photos of you during lockdown that you are happy for me to post on the class page, please send them to email@example.com.
Best wishes and stay safe,
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Dear Red Kites, parents and carers,
I hope you are all well. Like you, I am missing normal school and I miss you all very much. I really enjoyed chatting with you again this week and was pleased to hear that you are enjoying the new timetables. As you can see, I have posted some homework and will continue to do so. If you are sending a photo, video or PowerPoint that has a picture of you or a member of the family, please could you say whether you give permission to post it on the class page. I will continue to phone but it might be 10-14 days between calls.
This week's timetable is 4 days only as there is a bank holiday. I hope you and your family have a lovely week.
Hi Red Kites, parents and carers,
I has been lovely to catch up with most of you this week. I was so pleased to hear that you are well and enjoying the new timetable. I just want to remind you that the timetable is not compulsory and please feel free to choose. I also want to remind you about the homework email which is Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk. You can use this email to share your work and to send me a message.
I hope you enjoy the new timetable.
Take care and stay safe,
Sunday 19th April 2020
Dear parents/carers and Red Kites,
I hope you have all had a restful Easter break and that you are all well. We have been so lucky with the lovely weather and I hope that you have enjoyed it. As school closures will continue, each year group has made a suggested timetable with links to learning and activities. Please remember, the timetable is there as a guide and we do not expect everyone to follow it every day. We understand that during this difficult time no one needs any extra pressure so please pick and choose what works for you from the timetable.
I will be calling you again during the week and am looking forward to catching up with you.
Best wishes and take care,
It’s been a strange couple of weeks for our school community but it has been great to talk to parents and children on the phone and to hear what you’ve been doing.
Thank you also for your emails with pictures of children’s work which we are very much enjoying. If you do decide to share work with the class teacher, we would appreciate it if you could send these in once a week to the homework email address and they will be forwarded to teachers from the school office. The next two weeks are officially Easter holiday weeks and so we will not be calling or setting new work.
When the new term starts on Monday 20th April, we will be posting a weekly timetable on the school website class page each week; the work will cover most of the learning objectives we would have taught in school for that week (as far as this is possible). It is important that children try to follow this and establish a daily routine but we realise that this will be different for different families in different situations; please just do your best. At school, children learn the values of resourcefulness and resilience and this situation is a good reminder of why these values are so important.
Even though it’s hard being so constrained in our movements and not seeing friends, it’s a good time for the children to learn new things through practical experiences at home – cook, learn to ride a bike, learn how to touch type, make things, learn a rhyme or a poem, sing, sew, knit, tell the time. You will probably have lots of other ideas too!
Most of all, enjoy spending time with your lovely children.
Thanks so much for all your support and we wish you all a happy and healthy Easter!
The KS2 Team
Friday 3rd April
Dear Red Kites,
It has been lovely to catch up with many of you over the phone this week and to hear how you are all doing. I am very proud of your resilience, determination and all of the new skills that you are learning while at home. A few children mentioned Operation Out which is helping them to learn more about the human body, others have been writing letters to each other to stay in touch, some of you are communicating through video chats and online gaming. I have really loved hearing about your learning and how you are all being positive. If I was unable to reach you and you would like a call back, please let the school office know.
It is really important that you now take a break over Easter to recharge your batteries. Remember to take a walk, ride your bike or play in the garden! If you are looking for some other ideas about what to do indoors, there are a few other things that you might like to try. There is a new Harry Potter at home website full of games and quizzes, a science poetry competition that you can enter (this one closes on 30th April) and I thoroughly recommend Joe Wicks. Several zoos are live streaming through web cameras which may be of interest to you. You might enjoy reading First News online too which is a newspaper especially for children. I have attached links to all of these things underneath my message.
Next term, I will upload a timetable for you each week. This will include daily maths, English and reading activities as well as tasks that link to our term 5 topic: 'Take One Object'. This topic is all about Powhatan and Pocahontas. In science, we will be exploring sound and how sounds are made.
Keep smiling and keep well. I miss you all lots.
Have a lovely Easter break,
Tuesday 31st March
Hi Red Kites,
I hope that you and your families are all well. I have enjoyed chatting to you and am really impressed with the way you have carried on with your learning at home. It has been interesting to find out the subjects that have excited you and for me to learn from you. Some parents and children have recommended websites, which is extremely helpful.
I have been pleased to see that that many of you have been doing Times Table Rockstars and My Maths. If you do My Maths, I will reply and give you a comment. Kestrels beat us last week in the tournament but this week I am hoping for a Red Kites win. You can also click the White Rose link which will take you to maths lessons. The lessons pick up where we left off and there is a new lesson every day.
I have received some topic homework, which has been excellent, and some of you have sent photos of work you have been doing. I have read it all and have been most impressed by the quality and variety of the writing and activities you have been doing at home. Well done.
I wish you all a healthy and happy week,
Friday 27th March
It has been wonderful to be able to speak to many of you and hear how you are getting on. There has been lots of lovely work arriving on the homework email already. Keep it coming! It has also been great to see how busy many of you have been on Times Tables Rockstars. Please do encourage your child to log in to this regularly so that they can strengthen their times tables knowledge during their time away from school.
If you missed my call and would like a phone call, please contact the school email address on: firstname.lastname@example.org or forward any school work related queries to our new email address: email@example.com. Please also let us know if there is an alternative phone number that you would prefer us to use to reach you. I will be phoning families again next week before the start of the Easter break and look forward to speaking with you then.
I hope you and your families are able to enjoy some sunny walks in the coming days.
24th March Year 4 Learning Update!
Activities on fractions have been set in MyMaths for your child to explore. Please encourage your child to use the feedback option when completing this work so that we can review how they have got on with each task. In addition, we have set up a new email address as follows: Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk. Please use this address to send photographs or attachments of any work that your child would like us to see. Whilst it is not possible for us to formally mark work during this difficult period, we would be delighted to see what the children have been doing and to share in their successes and discoveries. It may also be possible to provide a small level of feedback should you have a specific query that cannot wait for your weekly phone call review.
We will continue to operate a small team within school in order to address all other queries. Should you need support with anything other than homework, please continue to use our school office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if your child is entitled to free school meals, we are still able to provide a hot lunch or a brunch bag regardless of whether or not they are in school. If you require a meal for your child, please let the school office know. Meals are ready to collect from the school office at 12.00pm each day. If your child is entitled to a meal but you are concerned about social distancing, we have put measures in place so that you can receive your child's meal safely.
In other news, David Walliams is releasing a new audio story at 11.00 am each day, read by him. Do tune in and enjoy! The link to the first story is below.
Please continue to check the class page regularly - we will continue to update it over the course of the coming weeks.
The Year 4 Team
I will miss seeing the children over the next two weeks and hope they are able to continue successfully with their learning at home. Listed below are some useful website links and documents to help your child with their learning while they are off school. I showed them some of the links in class today and they were excited about the learning they offer. The children will also have a learning pack to take home (or it will be delivered to you if they are absent this week). The pack includes a timetable to help them structure the day and links to websites too.
I will be phoning the children once a week - on either your home number or your mobile number - to check how they (and their family) are getting on; the number will either show up as the school's number or it will be unknown.
I wish everyone well at this challenging time.
Please do let me know if there is anything the school can do to help you.
YEAR 4 ONLINE HOME LEARNING RESOURCES
Please see below for a list of online resources that can help you to support your child further at home. A sample timetable has been included as well as a separate document with a list of lesson ideas that you can explore with your child.
Youlbury Day 2!
This morning, we had an enjoyable cooked breakfast and finished our team flag before going out into the woods for a walk where we played a game. We played foxes and hounds which was really good. Next, my team tried archery and it was amazing because I hadn't done it before. I then had a ham baguette but I didn't eat the ham. Afterwards, we made a Lambourghini using blue barrels, planks, thick rope and poles. We went down a hill in it and I felt excited! This evening, our bedrooms were checked out to see if they were clean and we have been watching a movie. A good day.