Below is a short video to help everyone take a few breathes and feel calmer. We hope you enjoy! We are loving seeing you all engage with Google Classrooms, it's so great to be able to chat to you all, we miss you all so much ❤️🌻✨
More great work happening at home and in the outdoors. Keep it up guys we are so impressed by you all. Thank you to all parents and families for the ongoing support and help at home in this extraordinary time.
Hopefully you've found your way to google classrooms or plan to this week at some point. Always remember as parents it is your choice how you engage with the work and do so at a level that suits you and your family's schedule. Our school community's health and well being is our number one priority.
We hope you have been able to find your username and passwords and can log in without any difficulty. If there are any issues or you didn't get your username/password please let us know by email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be no set time for you to log onto google classroom. Work that has been or that will be set can be completed in your own time. Please log onto google classroom, when it suits you, to see more information about assigned work: https://classroom.google.com/
The First Class Team
Another sample of some of the great work being carried out by you all in the rose and willow classes (with great support from parents - thank you!) Look at that great information report all about hedgehogs - so informative!
Some great comic books being written too, maybe a future comic book writer getting lots of time to practice their skills!
And making sure that our handwriting stays as beautiful as it was when we last saw you!
Great stuff guys - me and Hannah are so proud of you all! Keep it up!
Good morning guys,
We thought that a little art activity might be nice today or some time during the rest of the week! We thought flowers would be a lovely starting point for us as spring is well underway now as you all know from all your work in the garden and outside.
We are going to look at the work of Vincent Van Gogh - in detail his expressionist paintings of sunflowers.
Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous and influential artists in history. He produced some of the most recognisable and popular art in the world. He lived during an incredibly exciting period in the history of art and played an important role in the development of the art movement known as post-impressionism.
Van Gogh wanted to capture a certain mood or emotion with the colours that he chose. His creative use of colour played an important role in the development of what were to become famous movements in art history - fauvism and expressionism.
Van Gogh's Sunflowers show how colour can be used powerfully to capture a feeling. Painted to welcome his friend, Paul Gaugin, to the house they shared, the series of four paintings were created with vibrant yellow and orange tones and are brimming with joy and excitement.
Are you ready to learn more about the artist and have a go at creating art like his?
Your Flower Painting/Drawing inspired by Van Gogh:
Find some flowers outside in the garden, park or even google them online with your parents. Think about the shapes you can see in the flowers, the colours - are they just yellow or a mixture of different bright and warm colours like yellow and orange? Now look at the shapes and lines used by Van Gogh in his paintings. Look at how he uses long strokes over and over again. See if first you can draw your flowers just using pencil on paper like Van Gogh did.
Then if you have paint at home, if not use colouring pencils, crayons or anything you have at home - you could even stick coloured pieces of paper to your page to make a collage. Try paint your flowers in Van Gogh's style - remember he used colour to show how he was feeling.
Colour these sunflowers without thinking about how they should look. Instead, choose shades that reflect how you feel right now or paint or draw using colours your flowers using the colours of how you feel right now.
Discuss with your family what feelings are represented by each colour.
James and Hannah.
Hi Willow and Rose class!
I REALLY miss you guys! I have loved seeing all the work and creative projects you have been getting up to, you are all amazing and I am so proud of you all. You are being super resilient at the moment, well done everyone. We all need to be extra kind to our families right now, and I am sure you are making good decision and being super helpful at home. So keep up the wonderful work!
I have been busy at home and wanted to show you all some of the things I have been getting up to! I have been doing lots of mindful colouring, which is lots of fun and helps me feel calm. I have been going out for lots of walks and fresh air in the park, making sure I keep my distance. Exercising at home is lots of fun. I have been using my yoga mat and some YouTube tutorials to help me stay healthy and strong. I use my mat to do my morning meditation too, which as you know is my favourite way to start the day! Have you been doing any breathing exercises at home?
I had my 30th birthday last week and received lots of wonderful cards and some flowers from my friends and family. I spent a lot of time using video calls to catch up with everyone that day and had lots of different people sing happy birthday to me. It was a really lovely day, I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends and family. Can you count all my cards?!
I have also been doing lots of cooking, experimenting with new and exciting recipes. I always make sure to wash my hands before cooking or eating. I made a cauliflower base pizza which was YUMMY and had lots of vegetables on it. Eating fruit and vegetables is so important guys, don't forget to eat these good foods as much as you can. I also made some buns. The ingredients for the buns were; cream cheese, bicarb soda and eggs. They tasted delicious but felt a bit like slime before i baked them! I measured all my ingredients carefully using a scales and measuring spoons - it was really fun! Has anybody been helping with the cooking at home? Let me know if you have been and what you have been creating and eating!
I have been enjoying my garden as much as possible and had my lunch out there on Monday. I may need some gardening help from James because his garden looks amazing, and far neater than mine! He has inspired me to make my garden a project, to get it looking a bit nicer, thanks James!
That's all for now guys, we'll be in touch again soon. I know this is a strange time for everyone at the moment but just remember we are here for you, thinking about you all and we will all get through this together. Keep listening to your parents and ask them what you can do to help out at home - at least once a day! Please keep in touch with lots of pictures or write and tell us your news, we love seeing your faces and hearing from you.
Hey Rose and Willow Class!
Miss you all and have loved seeing some of the work you've been doing at home! I am so impressed by you all and it looks like you're being so helpful to everyone at home and making great choices and doing great listening!
So I thought because some of you showed us what you have been doing at home that I would show you what I have been up to!
Since the weather has been so nice I have been trying to balance my school work with being outside as much as possible whilst making sure that I keep my distance from others.
I drove to the West of Ireland on the long weekend and surfed in Bundoran Co.Donegal and in Lahinch, Co.Clare! The weather was amazing with clear, sunny days and there was even no wind! I got a few freckles on my face so I will have to make sure I bring my sun cream with me next time!
I have also been working in my garden a lot - I had bought a lot of vegetable seeds for us to grow in the Rose class and then to put them in our school garden so I thought I should still use them. I'll keep you all updated and hopefully in the summer I will be able to bring some vegetables into school for you to eat. Who likes carrots the most, who likes peas the most and who likes spinach the most?
I have also bought some new flowers and grasses to grow at the back of the garden and some of them will need a lot of care. Does anyone know what I need to do to look after my flowers and vegetables? I think there might be some birds interested as I've noticed them watching me while I work and I am worried they might try and eat all my seed! So I got in some help from an old clown! Hopefully he will keep the crows away!
I'm having trouble coming up with a name for him - does anyone have any ideas?!
Let me know and tell me your news if you have any too!
Talk soon and miss you all,
Woah!!! There is some amazing work going on at home - Hannah and I are so impressed and loved seeing all of the amazing creations you have been working on at home and it is great to see all of our rose and willow class faces! We miss you all so much. You are all going to be such great bakers, builders, artists and creators!
Those cakes look so yum, the lego is so impressively built, your handwriting is getting even better than it was when we left and even then it was great, and those drawings and paintings you're doing would be up on our walls if we could put them up!
So impressed guys and thank you to all parents who submitted photos to us.
Remember you can submit photos to us at any time (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will put them up here to show our school community the great work you're doing at home.
Working at home
We really appreciate all of your efforts and can only try and understand how difficult it may be at times. Keep up the good work and remember you know your day and home life better than us - do what works for you as a family and what fits your daily routine.
If it suits you better to do school work on weekends when you're more free - that is absolutely fine. If you can't get school work done every day - try every second day. The work we shared was to keep you going up until the 30th of March and if it lasts longer than that do not worry or stress over it.
If you are finding it difficult to fill the day with non screen activities or non academic work here is a great website with lots of different activities you can do at home as a family - there are also activities for the younger and older ones so have a look at them all and hopefully it will be of some help to you all.
Learning after the 29th
The school staff are meeting today to discuss teaching and learning across the school after the 29th March - when we are clear as to the direction we will be taking we will let you know as soon as we do. A day at a time, taking baby steps is our aim. We are not going to be able to change everything over night, but hopefully with gradual, sustainable change we will be able to continue to give a meaningful education to all the children in our care.
Thank you Parents
We hope that you are all doing well at home and again want to express our huge gratitude to you all as parents and family members. You are doing a great job and your efforts to keep our children learning as best possible are hugely appreciated. If there is anything you are unsure on don't hesitate to email us and we will do our best effort to help and support you at home.
It can be hard for children to focus. They can be restless or become bored with the content easily. We use lots of brain breaks in our daily lives in school! This can be anything from a fun YouTube video, a simple dance break, or 20 jumping jacks, usually lasting 1-3 minutes (or longer if needed!).
Here are some ideas:
You can use brain breaks as a reward for concentration too, let the children choose which one they would enjoy the most as a reward.
We know these times are hard for parents so we hope these tips will help you during the day. These are all just suggestions, you can find out what works best for you, your children, and daily schedules.
Hope everyone is keeping well! Below is the first of the body coaches P.E videos. He will be live everyday at 9am and the videos will be uploaded to his channel after in case you can't make the 9am call. You can find his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Enjoy, and send on any pictures of you having fun with this!
Activities you can do as a family, details here: https://www.powerstownet.com/home-based-activities/