January 2021 brought a new ‘lockdown’ and with it a return to remote learning.  We embraced our updated and improved online learning provision and continued to work hard to deliver a high quality curriculum. We are grateful to the parents for their continued support and hard work in supporting the children to the best of their ability whilst learning from home.

Our Big Question this term designed to develop curiosity is ‘How can we feed 40 billion?’. We have looked at the area surrounding Bologna in Northern Italy whilst comparing food and farming with the surrounding area of Combe in West Oxfordshire.  This has enabled us to provide teaching and learning opportunities that challenge the pupils: How can we balance the use of land for farming and building and consider the effects of the environment? We aim to be able to focus more on the children’s creativity now back in school with art and design technology tasks.

For the remainder of the term we are fortunate to have cricket provided by a sports coach on Thursdays.

New spellings will be given every Monday with testing on the following Monday. These can be practised using ‘ReadiWriter’ online. Maths skills can be consolidated using ‘Mathletics’ and ‘TTRockstars’ online.

Is your child continuing to read at least five times a week? Hopefully the incentive of a special mention in weekly online celebration worship, reading certificates and a star on our new board in the hall which celebrate your child’s achievements are an added bonus.