Friday, 22 January 2021
To all the pupil- You are an incredible group of young people. Your efforts and dedication to learning has been fantastic. Thank you for being so active in your learning this week and for sharing all that you have been up to. The staff are very proud of you. Your curiosity, creativity and passion has shown through. We fully understand that for some, this has been a very testing time and that some people will be very much looking forward to getting back to normal or may well be feeling down at the moment. We thank you for staying in touch each day, keep it up!
To all the parents- Thank you so much for taking the time to send us photos of work or the things you have been getting up to. At times the task or way of working may not have suited your child perfectly and again we thank you for adapting the task, materials/resources to make it work or finding other learning opportunities to help your child learn. As a school we will take all the positives and new techniques we have learnt into next year to improve our practice.
Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Monday, 18 January 2021
Saturday, 16 January 2021
Friday, 15 January 2021
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Learning Resource Packs
In order to supplement and support the home learning we set each week for your child, we will be providing additional resource packs that will include exercise books, workbooks and resource sheets.
These can be collected from the school on Monday 18th January at set times.
Please send only one person to collect these. The class teacher may not be available as they will be in class with the key worker children or responding to the home learning during that day.
You must respect social distancing rules and wear a mask while on the school site.
Timetable for collection is listed below.
Monday 18th January ONLY- Resource Pack Pick Ups: Please collect at the allocated time only
9.30am: Reception - collect from the Reception playground via the Reception gate
9.30am: Year 6 - collect from the top playground via the back gate
11am: Year 1 - collect from the Reception playground via the Reception gate
11am Year 5 - collect from the top playground via the back gate
1.30pm:Year 2 - collect from the Reception playground via the Reception gate
1.30pm Year 4 - collect from the top playground via the back gate
2.30pm: Year 3 - collect from the top playground via the back gate
Key Worker children will also use these packs when they attend school – please ensure they bring them with them.
Monday, 11 January 2021
The films below show parents and carers how we teach children Read Write Inc. in school.
All daily films will be available at 9.30am from Monday to Friday.
Each film is approximately ten to fifteen minutes long and will be available on
YouTube for 24 hours during school closure.
• Set 1 Speed Sounds, Word Time and Spelling: for children in Reception
and children who are new to English.
• Set 2 Speed Sounds and Spelling: for children in Year 1 and 2 (and those inReception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds.)
• Set 3 Speed Sounds and Spelling: for children in Year 1 and 2 who can read
Set 2 Speed Sounds.
• Read longer words: for children who can read Set 3 sounds and words
• Read Red Words 1: for children who are reading Red, Green, Purple, Pink
and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these
in Year 1.
• Read Red Words 2: for children who are reading Yellow, Blue and Grey
Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Y2.
• Read and Hold a Sentence 1: reading and writing practice for children
reading Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For
children reading and writing with Set 1 sounds confidently and learning Set 2
• Read and Hold a Sentence 2: reading and writing practice for children
reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children
reading and writing words with Set 2 sounds confidently and learning Set 3
All films will be in separate categories on the YouTube channel.
Link to YouTube channel: Click Here
Sunday, 10 January 2021
Friday, 8 January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Even though it seems a long time ago already, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and managed to spend and enjoy some quality time with your children and family, despite it not being the Christmas we had all hoped for.
As you know, we have now been placed into Tier 4 with greater and stricter restrictions. This has resulted in school remaining partially open only to those children of critical workers, children with an Educational Health Care Plan and our most vulnerable pupils. For all other pupils who must remain at home, daily lessons are now being provided remotely for all year groups via Purple Mash; please see the accompanying Home Learning Information available on the school website and blog which provides guidance for you all to support your child with their home learning.
We ask that parents of all children at home encourage them to access this remote learning on a daily basis.; it is vitally important that learning continues for all children to ensure they make the best possible progress during this period of lockdown. Class teachers will be checking to make sure all pupils are engaging with this work and if we are concerned that any are not, we shall be contacting you to offer further support / advice.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are having difficulty accessing online learning from home as we may be able to offer further support. Class teachers can be contacted through the year group emails attached below. Alternatively, if you require a paper copy learning pack, please also let us know as you will be able to come into school to collect one.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our school community for their commitment and dedication in following Government guidance throughout these extremely challenging times.
Any confirmed cases of Coronavirus in school are immediately reported to the Department for Education and Public Health England who tell us what action needs to be taken. As previously, we will keep you fully informed of any positive cases within the school community, with those who need to self-isolate for 10 days, being the first to be contacted.
Thank you to all of you for your continued support. Please stay safe and try to remain optimistic; let’s keep our fingers crossed that 2021 brings a positive outcome to end these unprecedented times.
Mrs Sarah Jack
Class teacher contact
Please find a list of the class emails. These addresses are so that you can ask your child's class teacher for any help around home learning. Please note that you may not get an instant reply. The staff of Wrotham Road will also be in contact every week to talk to the children just to touch base when we can.
Mrs Shaxted and Miss Hawes
Mrs Chappell and Mrs Taffs
BookTrust are have free online books for all ages. As well as support for parents. They are supporting home learning through - Books to get through during lockdown. Just in case your children are wanting more books and to encourage the love of reading at home.
With schools now closed again we are once more asking you to help those pupils still in need.
Perhaps you received new laptops or tablets for Christmas or you may have old devices you don’t need anymore?
If you have something you’d like to donate – and that could be a laptop; or tablet that could help a child with their home learning please contact the school office.
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Thursday, 7 January 2021
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Parents can sign up for free on Oxford Owl and access some ebook reading books, too!
FREE eBook Library from Oxford Owl for Home. Welcome to our free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. If you'd like to learn more about how to support your child's reading, visit our Reading pages.. All our eBooks are tablet-friendly.
What’s going on this week?
It is thought that thousands of pets were 'panic bought' at the start of the first lockdown. The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home charity have warned that the number of dogs abandoned over the next five years could increase by 27%. The charity, which rehomes animals in London and the surrounding area, surveyed 2,000 dog and cat owners who acquired a new pet during the national lockdown. It found 31% had done so despite not having considered getting a dog or cat before.
Should anyone be allowed to buy a pet?
Listen, think, share
- • Look at this week’s poster and talk about what you can see. Explain that animal charities are warning that as our lives and routines start to go back to what they were before the pandemic, the owners of many pets that were bought during the lockdown period may find it harder to find the time to look after them.
- • Why do you think that so many people chose to buy a pet during this time? Talk about how many people may have felt lonely. Discuss our own experiences of owning pets, or if we’d like to.
- • Have we heard of charities such as the RSPCA or the Battersea Dogs and Cats home charity? Do we know what they do? Talk about how they help take care of animals. Read through the information found on the assembly resource about the work of the RSPCA and the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home charity and pets that have been bought over the past year. Do you think that there should be more restrictions when buying a pet? Did you know that there were charities to help in this area?
- • Watch this week’s useful video clip (found overleaf), which shows an RSPCA staff member explaining what has happened in recent months. Are you surprised?
Deciding to have a pet is a lifelong commitment. It is important that we consider all of their needs and are confident that we are able to meet them before buying one.
What types of animals do people keep as pets?
Listen, think, share
- • Think of as many animals as possible and create a list on the board e.g. cat, dog, elephant, hawk, spider.
- • Which of the animals listed do you think could be described as pets? Explain that a pet is an animal that we often keep in our homes. They are usually tame and are kept for companionship or pleasure.
- • Look at resource 1, which shares some examples of popular pets. Can you name each pet? Do you have a pet? If you could choose, which pet would you like to keep? Why? Can you organise the pets on resource 1, from your most favourite to your least favourite?
- • Sometimes people keep animals as pets that we might not think are pets such as hens, pigs, sheep and other farm animals or wild animals such as hedgehogs or snails. Do you know anyone who has an unsual pet?
- • If someone decides to keep a pet, what do you think they need to do to make sure it is looked after? For example provide food and water, shelter, exercise, medical care. Discuss that all pets are different so need different amounts of care, space, time and attention.
There are many different pets we can choose to look after. Where we live, how much time we have and what animals we like can help us decide if we should have a pet and what type of pet we can care for.
Why do people buy pets?
Listen, think, share
- • Do you have a pet or know anyone who does? Create a list of the different types of pets you or someone else you know owns.
- • Explain that there are many different types of pet. People buy a pet for many different reasons.
- • Look at resource 2, where some people share why they have their pet. Can you summarise why each person has their pet e.g. for company, exercise, teach responsibility, eggs? If you have a pet, why did you buy it?
- • Do you think the reason someone wants a pet affects the type of animal they choose? If you are buying a pet for companionship, what type of animal might be best? What else might affect their choice e.g. the amount of space they have in their home, the amount of time, how much money it will cost?
- • Can you think of any other reasons why someone might buy a pet? For example, someone using a guide dog, buying a cat to control mice, an animal that enters competitions, a sheepdog. Do you think these animals, that have a job to do, can still be described as pets?
- • Do you think that everyone who owns a pet has bought it? How else might you end up owning a pet? Discuss that you may find an animal that needs help, be given a pet, take on a pet that somebody no longer wants or can care for etc.
There are many different reasons why people buy pets. Whatever the reason, if we choose to own a pet, we must make sure it can be cared for properly.