26 Feb

It was great to return to school this week following half term. The laughter and welcoming smiles in this building have been encouraging. The pupils have been very excited to be back in school. As we plan to return fully there has been lots of hard work and planning.

We posted our plan for a phased return to school on our Facebook page on Friday. If you have missed it you can see it here.

We are currently working on our plans to welcome all children back to school during the week beginning 8th March….

Posted by Spring Brook Upper School on Friday, 26 February 2021

 

I can’t wait to see everyone safely back in the building over the next few weeks. But for this week there has been lots of fun, creativity, relaxation, food and mindfulness happening. Let’s start with Ms Power’s class. I love the new topic and their stir-fry this week smelt lovely.

A new half term means we have started a new topic in SBU3, for the next half term we will be learning about things to do with Space and Planets. In English we have started our new book about a group of astronauts travelling to their way home, and have considered genre and character. In History we have looked at the origins of the space race and why the USA / USSR rivalry was so heated. In Science we looked at evidence showing the earth is spherical, not flat, and in Geography we recapped our knowledge of the earth’s structure.

Continuing our Space theme, we made galaxies in jars for our creative work this week. They look brilliant!

In the kitchen this week we made broccoli and chicken stir fries.

Over to Miss Crossley who has taught a range of students from a range of classes this week. Very adaptable Miss Crossley – and thank you!

It has been lovely to welcome back a mix of students from across school this week in SBU2. We have seen pupils interacting with each other and working together with their peers from other classes or year groups to produce some outstanding work in school. Our remote learners have also started this new term with a great enthusiasm and there has been some exceptional work uploaded to Showbie!

This term our topic is Space and Exploration. In the weeks before the much anticipated return to school, we are focusing our learning around the children’s explanation text ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers – the text is written as if to explain Space, the Earth and the human race to the Authors infant son. We have dissected the book and split it into its various topics – studying each in more detail.

The Stars
Mr Stewart’s class followed a recipe for Star-Shaped Biscuits – believe me they were out of this world!

The book explains to us that you can use constellations (the Big Dipper, Little Dipper and the Polar Star) to calculate where North is if ever you are lost. We combined our scientific knowledge of astronomy with our geographical knowledge of maps and used cardinal and intercardinal compass points to understand and give directions.

In our Art and Design sessions we have explored the “weird”, “wavy” and “magical” painting ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. 

In Citizenship we discussed the issue of Light Pollution and how it obscures the stars from being visible in certain parts of the earth, affecting how our night sky looks across the globe.

The Moon
Both in class and at home we have sculpted Oreo Cookies to depict the phases of the moon as it rotates, orbits the earth and reflects sunlight.

I then asked for a little bit of cookie-creativity – and I think you’ll agree that I got it!

In History, we have explored ‘The Space Race’ culminating in the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

As always, squeezed in amongst all of the learning that has gone on this week, were periods of relaxation, yoga, random acts of kindness, expressive art, creativity, the development of social skills and, of course, a little bit of fun too.

Mrs Young is very pleased with how hard SBU1 have been working..

A huge well done to Harry H, Mason L, Kyle and Taylor for learners of the week.

Finally, here are Mr Mullins’ class today playing the Pirate Game. As always they were as competitive as ever..

As we continue to follow the rules to stay safe and observe social distancing, also remember that if your child is showing any symptoms of Covid 19 please do not send them into school. We have done really well so far and will continue to phase our students back into school in a safe and controlled way in order to limit the spread of the virus.

As we approach March on Monday, we will be coming up to the time that we all closed down our schools for Lockdown 1. Little did we realise that this would still be going on a year later. Whilst we begin to see light at the end of the very long tunnel, I would like to share this quote with you by Albus Dumbledore:

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times….if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and stay safe everyone.

Miss Rodgers
Head of Site

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