Epi Owl Newsletter
The online-learning edition!
I have been a Headteacher for 19 years now, and I can safely say that this has to be one of the most difficult periods of my career. This is not because of the challenge of setting up remote learning, or because of the level of demands that still come from all angles each day, it is because never did I think there would come a time as Headteacher where I would be unable to see the children and to spend time with my staff discussing the highs and lows of their day. It was brought home to me yesterday, on my daily walk, when I had to stop a child running up to give me a hug; a few weeks ago I wouldn't have thought twice about this, how quickly things can change.
However, at this time I am reminded of an amazing quote from Anne Frank's diary, she writes "I don't think of all the misery but of all the beauty that still remains". This is an incredibly important thing for us to remember at this time. We are being bombarded with media messages of the increasing scale of the virus back home, and I know that you will all have family that you wish you could be nearer to, I know I do. However, if we switch off from that for a moment and look at the work the children are doing, the enjoyment they are having at being with you each day, and the positivity that they bring to this situation, then things cannot help but look a lot brighter.
As we move in to the two week break for Easter, make the most of each day with your children. Switch off from the screen and enjoy time in the garden. I will end with another favourite quote from Dr. Seuss, "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory"; time with family is a thing to cherish and so relax and have fun making memories.
Y4 had a great time on World Book Day, when many parents came into school!
There were some great take-away homeworks in February, well done Y4!
Year 6 had an excellent half term, with Carnival, World Book Day, Football and Sport relief!
Year 4 learn about weddings.
Then, due to the Coronavirus, school had to shut and Mr Fazackerley was forced to celebrate his birthday in his classroom with no class!
It took a few days for everyone to get use to our new online learning systems, but since then our pupils have produced the most amazing work! Well done children, parents and teachers!
There have been DT and Science projects:
Reading, listening to stories and story telling!
Great writing, spelling and handwriting!
Go Team Turtles!
Fit and working hard in Year 4!
A note from Ms Rowe
Sophie in Hedgehogs class sang one of our Easter songs at home. She wrote to let me know that her mum was singing the alto part while she was singing the soprano part. Wow! Not only super musical skills but great teamwork! Rene Relationships would be proud!
In response to the ‘Music Question of the Week’ – Is music invisible?
Harry T in Y5TF wrote: "You can see music in the notes, and you can see music in the words. But you can also visualise music, for instance, I can visualise an opera singer when I hear opera, and I can visualise trumpets when I hear the Star Wars theme!"
Eilidh P in Y5LH wrote: “No, it is always around us. You can see music in nature, you can see how it affects people too. Some people dance, cry or laugh when they hear music”.
Wow, Harry and Eilidh, what well considered answers to our thought-provoking question.