After an unexpected finish to the spring term, everyone is settling fantastically in home-learning. I am so utterly impressed by children’s (and parents’) commitment, excitement and skill in so quickly mastering and embracing our new and temporary way of learning. As always, our learning and wellbeing continues to be supported by Mrs Millar, whose Hangout sessions are a great success.

For our lovely Year 6s, this begins their final term at Combe School and I hope that they continue to thrive and find ways to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Swallows have got going with their new Big Question: Are There Any Discoveries Still To Be Made? and have dived with trademark enthusiasm into exploring ancient Egypt from the comfort of our own houses! Already, they have used Google Earth to explore the pyramids, have created some fabulous hieroglyphics and are learning about the gods and goddesses. Our journey through ancient Egypt will be supported by our new class novel and, although I am sad to finish Michael Morpurgo’s Alone On A Wide Wide Sea, I am excited to begin The Phoenix Code by Helen Moss.

We are continuing to deliver PE lessons at home. First of all, there are Joe Wicks’ daily workouts, plus Real PE lessons which are set for Tuesdays and Fridays. When we return to school, PE days this half term will be Mondays and Fridays. Please have clearly named kit, including indoor and outdoor shoes, in school all week.

On returning to school, there will be additional learning set every Wednesday to be returned the following Monday. This will take the form of Mathletics, TTR and ReadiWriter. Spellings are given out on Mondays and informally assessed on Fridays. Children are encouraged to read at least 5 times a week and incentives are offered for taking part in this enjoyable challenge.

Please look after yourselves and do the best you can; make the most of the opportunities we are able to provide; stay safe and happy. I hope to see you all very soon!

Miss McBride