Hello to you all and welcome to week 5, I think, of lock-down and your weekly newsletter. I hope this finds you all safe and well as expected during these unprecedented times.
First of all I want to say an enormous thank you to all of those who have accessed Seesaw for the past two weeks.
For the first week we had 2645 posts from the children. 735 family visits and 2812 likes from the staff. All of the staff have said what an absolute pleasure it is to see their work, hear their voices and see their faces. It is our target that we get all of our full time children accessing seesaw and supporting their learning in a consistent way so that all our pupils have the same learning activities and that staff can help them and you during these times. We are aware that the work may seem overwhelming at times for some especially when the work is sent for the whole week, so please remember what has been our advice from the start; little and often. Some children work at different speeds and each class posts enough work to keep all the children busy. Also remember that staff are available should you need any support or guidance. If you have not accessed this yet or are having problems accessing please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or school.
Also we have announced our Time Table Rock Star certificates for our first battle for our Year 2 - Year 6 pupils. Well done to all our winners! Continue to support your class with the battles and keep learning times tables! Classes will continue to have battles next week. Get ready for the announcement!
A huge well done to all our special mentions this week, the teachers are finding it extremely difficult to just pick two based on the amount and quality of work the pupils are producing. Please continue to do this, we all could not be more proud of our whole school community, supporting each other.
As I am sure you are all seeing, hearing and reading a range of opinions of when schools will re-open, partially re-open like all of us are. Please be patient, none of us know what the government is going to do, how they will advise us to do it and especially when this time will be. It is merely speculation and opinions at the moment. All we can do and ask of you is to continue to support your child at home with their learning, keep them being active and as calm and settled as possible, Once the facts are published, we will communicate the way High View will be opened in whatever fashion this will look like. In the meantime, stay calm, stay at home and stay in touch!
Once again, we could not be more proud to be a part of the High View family, every parent we have had contact with has been so supportive, caring and patient with everything and all the changes that have had to take place. You have all made a challenging time so much easier with your positive attitudes!
Thank you and look after yourselves.
Well done to all the children and their hard work. The amount of effort, posts and pieces of work has been incredible this week. Thank you to you all!
Our special mentions this week:
Holly for consistently working hard everyday.
Alfie for his wonderful tin forest picture & writing & for working hard everyday.
Lewis for working so hard in all areas of our curriculum.
Oliver V for completing his work to such a high standard.
Lucas for his wonderful model of The Tin Forest made from shiny tin foil.
Joshua for a piece of writing which perfectly describes the Tin Forest.
Myla T - For engaging so positively to all of the set tasks, and always completing a challenge!
Bailey H - For being so enthusiastic in your home schooling and creating some fabulous floor art using natural resources, just like Andy Goldsworthy!
Georgia B - for a wonderful attitude to home learning, work completed to a fabulous standard.
Oliver M - consistently uploading his tasks, great attitude and determination to his home learning.
Gracie-Mai B - great determination in her maths work.
Shari H - taking her literacy skills to the next level and impressing us all.
Rhys and Emelia for me this week for both giving 100% effort with their work
Jessica H and Harry
Both have worked really hard since the start of lockdown, being very resilient and not giving up when the work has been a little tricky or there’s been a change in routine. Well done, we are really proud of you.
Sebastian- He did a lovely interview with his mum about her favourite books and rather than sticking to the set questions he used some of his own based on her answers. His dancing for his brain break was brilliant also.
Evie Simpson- she's done loads of seesaw activities and all of a very good standard.
Maisie-Jo C and Joseph H because of the huge contributions they have made to every piece of work posted on seesaw. They especially work hard on the main daily maths tasks and don’t give up if they make any errors.
George for his phse task - so interesting and full of thought.
Megan C for her dedication to all the learning she is doing and finding interesting ways to complete and show us.
Imogen and Lily
Both girls have been absolutely working their socks off on all the set work, as well as having fun with the optional extras! Both have submitted over 30 pieces of work in the last week and a half. They are sending photos and videos of what they're up to, and responding brilliantly to feedback on their work (which is of a great standard). I really couldn't be more proud of them.
Maeve and Ruby for their commitment to learning from home, tackling tasks and hard work. They have sent pictures, uploaded every task set to a very high standard and are setting an excellent example.
Cody absolutely putting everything into it – has made a wonderful database on the different rainforests and has written a rap.
Isabel - excellent work in all areas, again every task complete, wonderful high standards and showing a real commitment to her learning in all areas.
How busy have we been! How amazing has it been to connect with each other? How excited are we for next week's work? Well, now we all including staff are becoming more familiar with the platform! Phew!
Another week completed in lock-down and on behalf of everyone, thank you for staying safe. I hope this blog finds you all safe and well. We all know the challenges that we are facing and I just want to inform you that school and the staff are contactable.
School continues to be open for some of our pupils which means you can contact staff by ringing school, we are using class dojo and now we have Seesaw so please do not hesitate to contact us in any way if and when you need it.
Parent Support Page on Website:
We have also created a parents page which provides you with a range of numbers and websites to support you, This includes finance, bereavement, if you are concerned about someone's' well-fare and mental health support. Please use this if you need it.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you to all the pupils and adults who have actively engaged with the learning task we have set this week. It has been truly wonderful to have the actual contact with the pupils, see their work and more importantly see their lovely faces. It has been an uplifting week for all staff to have this so an enormous thank you from all of us. For those who have had challenges, remember what we have said, little and often. It is not here to add pressure to your lives but to support the pupils and encourage them to show their teachers what they can do.
We have announced our special mention pupils this week and we will keep doing this each week, whilst in lock-down for classes. Please make sure you read who these are.
Finally, we are all missing all of you more and more each day and we are counting them down for when we can all be together again, whatever way this may look like at least we will be together!
keep safe;be kind!
As we are doing so much amazing work at home, we have decided to have weekly special mentions for the children who have done amazing things each week.
It has been our first week on Seesaw and so many children have completed everything we have set and these decisions were extremely hard.
Our special mentions children this week are:
Foundation Stage 2:
Ruby for fantastic reading and Giana for her amazing drama production.
Lucas for his beautiful informative poster about tigers
Joshua for his detailed tiger painting.
Rowan and Lola for their amazing efforts with their work
Lottie - For responding via audio to a money challenge.
Summer - completed a challenge of finding 3 things smaller than a cup while out on her daily exercise and she used photographs for evidence.
Freddy-James - for excellent story telling.
Elise - for great phonics work.
Abbie for great writing.
Charlie for excellent phonics.
Jacob, Finley, Grace and Lily have all worked extremely hard and have well and truly embraced all of the new learning opportunities on SeeSaw.
Lexie W and Romeo for amazing effort and high quality work in all areas of the curriculum.
Emerson has been working hard on all platforms as well as seeking out his own work on top.
Parker has been hardest worker on purple mash.
Jayden C - for being so determined with all his learning, persevering with his maths and throwing himself into it all with great enthusiasm!
Harry - for brilliant work all week and particularly for his beautiful tiger picture.
Megan for keeping up the standard of work this week as she always has in school.
Coady because of his determination - kept going until he found success with formal written division!
Macey - for completing all work to a high standard. Quality not quantity.
Alex V - really working hard on his home learning and producing pieces to be proud of.
Eva - really working hard and demonstrating her ability at home like it is expected at school.
Skye - continuing to work hard in all aspects of the tasks and doing so many errands at home.
Well done to each and everyone of you!
Hello all, I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the Easter break and the glorious weather we have had.
It has been announced that the lock-down is going to continue for a further 3 weeks so sadly we will have to be patient and wait until we can all be together again. As it was mentioned last week, we have been busy getting our new app up and running for us all to share our work with each other, through Seesaw.
What is going to happen now?
Parents will need to download the Seesaw class app
Staff will dojo your parent login and pupil login. These will be done separately so codes do not get mixed up.
If you have more than one child you can add accounts.
Next week teachers will be adding work and commenting on all the amazing work the pupils have been completing.
Due to the duration of the lock-down, it is important all our pupils are attempting to continue with their learning. I will be sending out a letter to all pupils based on the expectations of daily learning, weekly learning and tasks which will hopefully encourage them to continue to be enthusiastic during these challenging times. If you are finding this difficult, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher.
As part of our celebrations for our amazing pupils and their weekly achievements, I will be asking all staff to give me 2 pupils who deserve a special mention. These will be announced on year group dojos and my weekly blog.
This just leaves me to say again, thank you for being you, so supportive, positive and a pleasure to work for. Please continue to stay safe, stay positive and keep working hard!
Thank you for everything!