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8th June 2020: Firbeck Academy Pupil Video

Hello to all of our Firbeck parents, carers and children,

I hope that you all saw the videos that the staff here at Firbeck Academy recently made for you, from our homes, whilst in lockdown. Don't worry if you didn't, you can still catch the 'Count on Me' video on the class pages of the school website. We had so many lovely responses from you and your children, it was just so heart-warming to hear. We were so pleased that you enjoyed singing and signing along with us, it was obvious that we had to make another video.

However, after a few requests, it seems that some of our pupils would like their turn in the spotlight and for a video to be made of the children, rather than the staff. It is such a wonderful idea as it will allow the children to see the familiar faces of some of their peers and feel connected to their classmates. This video will be the first of its kind for our school and will hopefully remind us all that we are all still here, and one day we will be reunited.

The theme for this video comes from the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. We would love to see something that your child has done or enjoys doing regularly that has made them feel happy during this time of lockdown. This could be anything from painting, dancing, exercising, baking, building a den, showing off something they have created, a new toy - absolutely anything that has put a smile on their face.

If you would like your child to be involved in this video, all you will need to do is email a photo or video clip (maximum 10 seconds long) to The deadline will be Sunday 14th June. Once sent, I will respond to let you know I have received it and can access the file.

IMPORTANT: Once all of the photos and videos are collated, they will be made into a video that will be posted online to our school YouTube page, our school website and Twitter. I would like to make it clear, that by sending a photo or video clip to this email, you consent for your child to be involved with this project and for it to be shared online.

I cannot wait to see who wants to be involved and what has been making you all feel positive!

Miss Thomas

*Home Learning Update- May 2020*

Hello! We hope you are all staying well and safe at home.

Home learning activities are being set for all Firbeck children. You can find all the work for your child on this webpage in the School Closure section, on Tapestry and it will also be emailed each Monday morning,

Please do not worry if your child works at a slower pace or does not finish all the work set. We understand that each child/family is different and it is a challenging time for everyone. We hope to suggest a range of activities which you can use flexibly to help minimise disruption in the children's learning during this uncertain time.

Look in the School Closure section to find a timetable of suggested activities for your child, with all resources and web links needed.

MAY update- Artist of the month!

If you are unable to access click here for the pictures and here for questions.

Welcome to Holly Class.

In this section you will find information about what we are learning this term.

In Holly Class we have specialist phonics, English and maths lessons for deaf pupils.

Parents and carers can really help their child by listening to them read every night and recording this in their school journal. When children read regularly at home, they are rewarded by better progress in their reading. In addition, we have weekly reading rewards for pupils who are regularly reading.

Every Monday we have a spelling test and give out new spellings which are sent home in the planners. There are also lists of sight words which the children take home in their homework book. These words are for spelling, reading and writing in sentences.

This half term in English we will be reading and writing stories and poems about rainforests. This will link to Y3 and Y5 topics on the environment and pollution.

We will be using the following books- The Tin Forest, Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth, Rainforest Adventure and One Day on our Blue Planet.

We will also be continuing to use the Rainbow Grammar system in order to improve our understanding of the parts of a sentence and learn how to write some fantastic ones! We will concentrate on lengthening our sentences with joining words (conjunctions). For example, The children went to the park because it was sunny.

In Maths we are focusing on multiplication and division and also learning the vocabulary of position and direction. Please help your child by talking to them about where things are and which way they are travelling. e.g. 'Your book is behind the bag', 'Turn your toy half a turn clockwise.'

There is a link below for a website that might be useful for maths games to play at home.

We are always available to talk to parents who have any questions about their child's work or well being, please contact the school to make an appointment.

Mrs Cowley and Mrs Burrows

July 2020


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