What an unusual end to Term 2 we experienced this year! ‘Learning at Home’ in Kingfisher Class was pre- empted by a steep learning curve in Computing for all. Without these skills, our ‘Learning at Home’ program would not have been embarked upon with such enthusiasm and competency. Of course, Kingfisher Class have made me very proud with the way they have embraced this new and temporary form of accessing learning. They have indeed, continued to ‘hit the ground running’ with maximum energy. Our learning and wellbeing continues to be enriched by Miss Hill, Miss Walsh and Miss Horner whose enthusiasm in supporting the children in their curricular activities has enhanced their journeys along this rather tricky path.

Our Big Question this term is ‘Oh I DO Like To Be Beside The Seaside! Do You?’ and already the children have been inspired to provide some interesting and heartfelt responses to this question. Parents ably assisted in launching our topic with suitcases brimming with holiday related objects for the children to explore and describe (science). Our learning will now develop as we explore human and physical geographical features of coastal areas (geography), coastal habitats- animals and plants (science) and exploration into how the seaside has changed over time (history). Our creative sides will be nurtured in art and design along with design technology projects related to this fantastic topic. If we are able, towards the end of term we will be opening our very own pop up seaside café…. watch this space! In fact this CCCC focus allows all children to develop challenging learning through a cross curricular approach that makes their education meaningful and exciting. We hope that our learning leads us to an exciting school visit to experience the seaside, which will be later in the term.

Combe School continue to deliver high quality PE lessons at home using a daily Joe Wicks fix, plus Real PE lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays. On return to school PE days this term will be Tuesdays and Thursday. Please have labelled kit in school all week. In addition to this at Combe we aim to provide our children with ample opportunities to engage in physical activity so it with great pleasure that we continue to ‘Run Everyday’ on the days when PE is not taught as part of the curriculum. Therefore children should have trainers available in school at all times.

Additional learning will be set every Monday in the form of Mathletics and ReadiWriter, offering one week to complete tasks, before further tasks are presented. Spellings are given out on Monday, with an informal assessment the following Monday. We continue to encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week, offering incentives for successful completion of this enjoyable challenge.

Our message at this time is clear. Look after yourself and do the best you can, making as much use of the ample learning opportunities that we are currently providing. Stay safe, well, happy and healthy. You are so important to us!

Mrs Legge