As January 2021 arrived, we were all prepared to embrace ‘the new normal’ and, in the one day that the children were with us, we hit the ground running with an enthusiastic and hard working approach to our lessons, that followed a very different Christmas break for many families.

However good old COVID scuppered our plans somewhat. Yet Combe team embraced our updated and improved online learning provision and continue to work hard to deliver a high quality curriculum that mirrors closely what the children would be experiencing in school. I am very proud at how the children are diligently engaging with teaching videos and conducting themselves with ambition during live lessons. We thank the parents of Kingfisher children for their continued support and hard work in providing the children with the tools to continue to perform to the best of their ability whilst learning from home.

Kingfisher Class expands this term from 24 to 25 with the addition of a new child in Year 1. It is wonderful to see all pupils attending online lessons with huge smiles and an abundance of enthusiasm.

This term we continue to be ably assisted by Miss Horner who is supporting and guiding our learning across the week.

Our Big Question this term is ‘Should We Look After Our Planet?’ and the children have been inspired to provide some insightful responses to this wide question. The children have begun to explore this question through letter writing, story telling, writing, dance, science, geography and art. This CCC focus allows all pupils to develop challenging learning through a cross curricular approach that makes their learning meaningful and exciting… even when at home!

PE afternoons continue this term and are Monday and Friday. Family collaborative learning is encouraged. Always bring a huge smile and lots of energy!

As part of our provision, new spellings will be given every Monday with an informal assessment on the following Monday. These can be practised using ReadiWriter. Maths skills can be consolidated using Mathletics and TTRockstars for Year 2.

Is your child continuing to read at least five times a week? The challenge is well received by the children in Kingfisher Class, and the impact of regular opportunities to read with an adult has been most positive. Of course the incentive of a special mention in weekly online celebration worship and a star on our new board in the hall which celebrate your child’s achievements is an added bonus.

Thank you for your support and hard work, particularly during these tricky times. Remember to spread positivity with your kind words and warm smiles.

Mrs Legge