Hello Year 5,
I hope you are all well and staying safe at home. It feels very strange to be at the start of the summer term but not going into school. All the teachers are missing being with you at school- even your Rubiks cubes, Pokemon cards and Tik Tok dances! I’ve seen a few of you out and about (from a safe distance during our daily walk), and it’s lovely to see you smiling and making the most of the time with your family.
I’ve been trying to take my own advice and rather than be frustrated at not being able to do what I want to, turn it into a positive and use the time to learn something new. So far I’ve have learnt a bit of sign language and managed to bake a cheesecake. In fact, all of Year 5 seem to be feeling peckish as Mr Solomon has also made some delicious looking cupcakes, Miss Holmes has made banana bread for her nans, and Mrs Waite has been baking birthday cakes!
So, think positive and choose something you can do with your family members- let me know what you do. Post a photo or comment so we can see what fabulous skills we’ve learnt!
Have a look at our cakes - I’ve attached the photos because we are very proud of ourselves!
As an extra challenge, see if you can spot the pets belonging to two of us- one is called Mikah and one is called Betty. Whose are they and which is which?
See you soon,
(with Miss Holmes, Mrs House, Mr Solomon, Mrs Schofield and Mrs Waite)
Just a tiny sensible teacher request- please keep up with your reading and practising those times tables!
Spot the pets…
Hello Year 6!
We hope you had a lovely Easter holiday. It probably didn’t feel like the holiday but we really hope you were able to get outside, enjoy the sun and do some creative activities!
We know that social distancing and isolation is still very new and very different to what we are used to, so we came up with some tips for staying healthy in mind and body during the lockdown:
1. Be kind to your grown-ups. They may well be dealing with extra worries and difficulties at the moment so doing something each day to help, will really help. As do hugs!
2. Try to have some structure in your day. Get up, get dressed and have some idea each day of what you would like to achieve. Think about making the most of the opportunities this time can bring, instead of the restrictions.
3. Exercise! Joe Wicks is a great way to start the day and help you feel positive. A walk, run or cycle outside (as long as you follow social distancing rules) is also great for your physical and mental health.
4. Keep in touch. Use technology to stay in touch with friends and extended family, like grandparents. It will give them a boost too!
5. Learn something new every day. It doesn't have to be maths, English or any other school subject. It could be baking a cake, learning to peg out the washing, helping to wash the car, growing something in the garden (if you are lucky enough to have one) or on a windowsill. Or how about learning the breeds of dog you see on your daily walk or the types of trees in your local area? There is so much learning that can be done outside the classroom, so make the most of this opportunity to learn skills and knowledge beyond what can be taught in school.
6. Most importantly, SMILE :D
Your form tutors have put together a little message below for you to read to ensure that you know we are all thinking of you! We really miss being at school and seeing you all.
Dear Beech 6,
I hope you’ve all been keeping well and washing your hands! I just wanted to take this time to update you all on what I’ve been getting up to since school closed, and just to keep things interesting, I’ve hidden some movie quotes in this letter – there are 5 in all...
I have been really enjoying spending time with my family, after all there’s no place like home. I’m very lucky to live within walking distance of Woburn Woods and have been using my daily exercise time to explore them with my wife Anna (who is working from home) and my dog Holly, she’s the yellow Labrador in corner of my yoga photo.
Whilst at home I’ve been doing many things to try to keep my mind and body active. For example; baking cakes with varying success, solving puzzles, yoga and mindfulness sessions and also setting the Science home learning packs (please check them out on the website).
At times things have been a little dull and I have really missed seeing you guys every morning – I keep thinking back to our Karaoke session on the last day that we saw each other and it makes me look forward to when things are safe enough for us all to be together again.
Whilst we are apart I hope that you are managing to keep active and making the most of this opportunity to do things that you might not normally have time for. Perhaps learn how to count to 10 in a new language, practise a musical instrument or research the wildlife in your garden. Most importantly though, try something new - A man who never made mistakes never made anything. I cannot wait to hear about all the imaginative things that you have done during your time away from school.
I know you will do this anyway but please, please, please think of others, be kind and stay safe! In times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.
Remember, you are who YOU choose to be…
See you soon!
To infinity and beyond!
Hello Cedar 6!
I hope you're all keeping busy while you're at home. It’s important to give yourself a goal each day, something SMART. What does that mean? Something that is:
Specific – “Today, I’m going to do...”
Measurable – “I know that when I’ve done this amount it will be a good place to stop...”
Achievable – “I’ll feel good when I’ve finished, not frustrated that I can’t do it.”
Relevant – “I can think of ways I can use this in my life, or it brings me joy to do this!”
Timely – “I’m going to spend two hours on this and get to a good stopping point.”
School gives us structure, and we all love structure – even us adults! I love to play games and watch TV, but I can’t do it all day every day. Challenges help us to learn about ourselves and expand on what we have. In my case, between putting work together for you, I’m making time to throw everything into learning to speak Japanese – a couple of hours every weekday, with an achievable goal in mind!
So, what can you do? As well as all the bits and pieces we're putting out on the school website, this is a perfect opportunity to pick up a new hobby or craft! Try learning a language or levelling up your drawing ability! What about origami? Share your creations! If you've got access to a camera, you could make stop-motion videos with LEGO or Play-Doh, or something similar. Learn some magic or work on some impressions. There are tonnes of how-to videos on YouTube; you could try to do one creative thing each day to keep your mind sharp and active! Try to find things to do that don’t need adult supervision or too many resources; remember that your adults have things they need to do as well.
Above all, remember to be kind to the people around you and help out as much as you can. If there’s one thing we’re learning from this, it’s that we have to work together to get the best future for everyone!
Dear Linden 6 (and all the other classes I teach),
I hope you are settling in to the new way of living that we are all having to adapt to right now. All of the teachers are missing being in school to teach you and we are still thinking of you all, even though we don't see you every day. My English class - I loved reading and marking your non-chronological reports! Mrs Maglio and I are so proud of how well you write and how much you have all improved over the year.
I am taking each day at a time and focusing on the positives. For me, so far, these have included: spending more time with my children; being able to exercise every day; enjoying the sunshine in my garden and (an important one - as many of you will know) more time to read books!
Finally, allow yourself to be bored! There are many famous quotes about boredom - look them up! One of my favourites is, "When boredom strikes, creativity takes over". Allow yourself to be bored and see what creative and unusual ideas you can think of. As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Stay safe, healthy and happy and I hope to see you all again soon,
Hi Maple 6 and all my English classes!
I’m missing you all very much! I’m sorry we can’t have our normal chats at this time but hope you are all keeping as busy as you can and staying safe.
Keep an eye on the school website for things to do but don’t worry too much about it if you can’t get any of it done. Try getting out in the garden and drawing a picture of a beautiful flower that is springing up! Maybe do some baking. Reading a good book is also an idea. Personally, I’ve been doing a bit of work, working out and then growing my own strawberries!
Be kind at home like we discussed.
Mrs Ellaway 🙂
Hi Maple Class!
I hope you’re all well and enjoying some time at home with your families. I know things are a bit strange at the moment but remember this isn’t forever and we’ll appreciate learning and playing with our friends even more when we are all back!
This is a great time to learn a new skill and improve your knowledge. I’ve been completing online courses and improving my baking skills. Maybe you could have a go at learning a new language, how to make origami or learn some sign language. Don’t forget to take some time out to relax though! I’ve enjoyed reading a book in the garden and listening to podcasts. However you are spending your time at home, keep positive and keep showing your families what great LMS pupils you are!
Stay safe at home and keep smiling everyone!
Hi Willow 6,
We are missing every single one of you and hope you are all keeping well in the current climate. Just wanted to share a few words with you to let you know we are thinking of you, especially as we didn’t see you to say goodbye and good luck during this time. We hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine in your gardens and when you go for your daily exercise (remember to keep safe though) and we are sure that many of you are out bouncing a basketball around!
We hope you are all keeping busy, not only with your school work but doing lots of fun activities – don’t forget to ask your parents to look at our School Facebook page for activities too!
Mrs Solomon has been trying lots of new things with varying degrees of success 😬. Not only has she been reading new books and re-reading old favourites (Harry Potter - Hufflepuff forever!!!) but has had lots of garden adventures, going on bug hunts and watching to see when one particular caterpillar will go into a chrysalis! She has also tried some new baking skills, ending up with an inedible rock of a chocolate cake - it’s probably a good thing that no shop has flour left 😂
Miss Guy is spending time decluttering and building fences in her garden to ensure that her naughty dog does not try to escape! As well as this, she has found doing work outside means that working at home is more enjoyable – the weather really has helped keep a positive attitude J
It is a strange time and this can be a bit scary for everyone but try to remember to smile; it does help!
We hope you and your families are all well and keeping safe!
We are always thinking of you!
Miss Guy & Mrs Solomon
Hi Year 7!
I wanted you to know that all the staff and I are thinking about you and hoping that you and your families are well. I know these times are difficult for you and that you will be finding it hard having to stay at home. However, I also know that you will understand why we all need to follow what the Government have asked us to do. It is one of the main ways we can help keep ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours safe and well.
Over the last four weeks I have joined people across the country standing on my front doorstep clapping and cheering for the NHS workers who are working tirelessly to manage this terrible Coronavirus. These workers along with key workers across the country need us to help them do their jobs. We must play our part by staying at home, not meeting our friends and following the guidelines.
I know you will be missing seeing your friends, but you will be keeping in touch through social media and you can show care and support for each other virtually at this time, which is so important. I’m also sure that you are all keeping up with the work set by your teachers which will in turn help you be prepared for when we get back to school. It is for you as a family and individual to pick and choose from the work available to help keep your minds active and your learning alive. You must build this work around other activities which may include physical activity, reading, creativity, cooking, gardening, watching film, chatting with your family and friends (safely online). Your teachers and I simply miss you all being in school and I know all your form tutors feel this too. We all miss being with each other in our school community but it’s great knowing we are in touch with each other and that you can still feel the care and support even though we are not in the school building.
You will all be helping your family cope with the situation; it is something we have never experienced before and so we are all learning day by day what we need to do and how we need to do it. Home schooling my 4-year-old son has made me realise that I’m not cut-out for early years teaching and the emotional roller-coaster that comes with it. However, we have cooked, built some amazing Lego structures and made some interesting play-dough figures.
When we return to school we will celebrate because we have realised how important we are to each other and how much difference we make to each other’s lives. Keep helping your family and friends cope with this serious situation and lets all do as we must do and STAY HOME. I am as proud of you as always; you are wonderful young people. Stay well, stay strong and be kind as often as you can.
Each one of your form tutors has taken the time to write you all a message. We hope you will enjoy hearing from us all and that with these messages comes some support and knowledge that we are right here and ready to support in any way we can.
Stay positive. Together we will come through this.
I am missing you all from your cheeky smiles to your chattiness. And I hope you and your families are keeping well.
I have taken advantage of the gorgeous weather: gardening, regular walks around the pit, playing tennis, water fights and enjoyed listening to the birds whilst reading in my garden. I did have an uninvited visitor; although magnificent he was a pain - a heron, who regularly sat on our fence eyeing up our fish.
I have enjoyed spending time with my family; lots of home cooking and baking, growing veg, Just Dance, regular movie nights and puzzles as well as baking and shopping for others.
Keeping busy with lots of different activities as well as ensuring I have time for myself is helping.
Keep going and I hope to see you all again soon.
Love Miss Nx
Firstly I hope you are all doing well. I am missing you all immensely; the dogs aren't quite as good at RE as you are no matter how hard they try! Every Thursday, when I go out to clap for our carers, I think of you all with pride - knowing that you are helping by staying at home to keep your families safe.
Since I saw you last, I have been writing lots of new schemes of work and volunteering for the NHS - taking food and prescriptions to vulnerable people in the community. I have also been going for lots of walks in the countryside near my house, where there are lots of lambs, and reading snuggled up with Maisie and Buzz. Remember to use this time productively and to find something that relaxes you, like reading and walking in the countryside do for me.
Keep safe and smiling and I'll see you all soon,
Hey Linden 7,
Just a quick note to say I hope you are all ok and I’m thinking about you. School is important but so is your health. Take care of yourself and each other. And, no matter what happens this year, be proud of yourself, your resilience, and your ability to adapt to extreme circumstances.
I hope you have been keeping busy and still smiling. I have been busy with my two kids doing craft, teaching new skills, baking and going out for lots of walks. In the evening to wind down I have been planning fun projects to do with the new laser cutter and 3D printer for when we get back to school and building 3D puzzles. Remember my task to you all about of being kind and making someone else smile, just a little job at home like washing up or a text to a friend or relative you haven’t heard from in a while. This evening I have been sewing scrub bags for the NHS to help they keep the virus out of their home.
Can’t wait to get back to school and see you all.
We hope that you are all managing to stay safe and stay home in these strangest of times. We thought we’d share a message to let you know that we are still thinking of you and share some of the ways we are keeping ourselves busy in lockdown
Before the holidays, I was helping my children with their home school activities. Since the holidays started I have been making the most of the nice weather. I and very fortunate to have access to outside space in my garden. I have been growing plants in my greenhouse and planting potatoes in my veg patch. I find this is a good way for me to practise mindfulness and keeps me calm. You don’t need to have a garden-you can grow seeds on a window sill quite easily. I’ve got cucumber, lettuce and tomato plants coming. I’ve also been making cookies with my son. See below. Great to munch on!
I have been spending time in the garden, in between doing school work and looking after my son. We have been speaking to friends and family on FaceTime as often as possible. We have been baking brownies and flapjacks- they were eaten too quickly for pictures! We have been planting seeds in the garden, some are already growing and a competition is underway to see who can grow the tallest sunflower- I am not winning at the moment! We have been going for walks and I find that this helps with mindfulness - the pond near us has some ducklings which are really sweet, if you look closely in the picture.. you may be able to spot them!
We hope that you have been finding ways to be creative- you could always try mindfulness colouring that lots of you enjoyed when we did this- there are lots of free templates online including this one ..
Take care and look forward to seeing you when we get back to school.
Miss Earnshaw and Mrs Costin
Hello Willow 7
I sincerely hope that you guys are all staying safe and trying your hardest to make the best of a bad situation. It has been a strange four weeks since we last saw each other, and lots have happened. Two weeks of home schooling and working really hard on all the work that the teachers have put onto the school website (I know you did – because you are all superstars), and then that was followed by two weeks of Easter Holidays, and my sincerest hope is that you did take the time off and try to relax. During a time like this, relaxing and taking care of your mental health is more important than ever. I know I certainly did... in my own way...
With the lovely weather we had over the last couple of weeks I found myself in the garden quite a lot.
BUT it wasn’t all work, work, work... we also had some fun in the garden...
It wasn’t all out in the garden though... This time has given me/us lots of opportunities to play board games together, build puzzles and generally do the things we never have time for. We even had time to whip up some scrumptious banana muffins.
Have a look at the photos and if you fancy it, get mum or dad’s permission to make some yourself. I have included the recipe on the photos (you just need detective eyes) and bake it for 25-30 minutes.
Take care of yourselves and help everyone to stay safe.
And NO, that is not a snake on the barbeque... just a very long sausage curled up.
It has been quite a month. We are facing unprecedented times and experiencing daily changes to our regular ways of life due to COVID-19, and we greatly appreciate your understanding and flexibility as the situation continually changes. We know your plans have been altered and have come with difficulty and unforeseen challenges.
As we all prepare to navigate the days ahead, we want to take a moment to make sure that, in this extraordinarily demanding and stressful time, you are taking care of yourself, specifically as it relates to your emotional well-being. Eat heathy, exercise, make art, be kind.
This is an extraordinary moment, and it calls on all of us to support each other with great care and compassion.
School is important but so is your health. Take care of yourself and each other. And, no matter what happens this year, be proud of yourself, your resilience, and your ability to adapt to extreme circumstances. I am proud of each and every one of you.
The Yearbook is almost finished - Don’t forget to email your ‘Quote’ if you didn’t manage to do this during the last few days at school – email to: Yb2020@leighton.cbeds.co.uk
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Hi B8 and all the year 8s,
I hope you are all well and are managing to keep in touch with your family and friends. Hopefully you are managing to get some school work done, but being kind and considerate to those around you is more important right now. These are definitely strange times but it's also an opportunity to devote more time to doing things you love and perhaps learn something new. I've been keeping myself busy with school work, but also taken advantage of the time to do some piano practice. I'm learning some new and challenging pieces and really enjoying it. I've also been trying to get in plenty of exercise, shadow boxing, Zumba, running and circuits. I've also finally gotten around to reading the Hunger Games, amongst other books. However you are spending your time, stay safe and healthy.
Hi B8 (and all Year 8s!)
Hope you're all staying safe and well and enjoying some lovely quality time with your families and also enjoying the work you've been set by us all. Try and prioritise your own wellbeing and indulge in some self-care while you've got this time at home. Get creative: paint, draw, sing, dance, build, read, write and play (maybe with younger siblings to give your parents/carers a break!) Come up with little activities to do on your daily walks - a scavenger hunt perhaps? Counting bluebells up at Linslade woods? Watching the trains? Find those rainbows in the windows of people's houses, on the ground and even drawn on houses - or make your own for other children to enjoy. Have you tried the time capsule task yet? There's one on social media that asks you to collect all the memories you're making whilst in lockdown and then to hide it away somewhere to then be reopened in a few years time to remind you of (despite some of the difficulties) the positives that came out of this situation - and there are many!
I've been busy with my little toddler, Zac, who wants to play every second of the day! We've built dens, sung nursery rhymes, played football, splashed in the paddling pool, baked, eaten what we've baked and walked (lots!) I bet, like us, you've discovered so many lovely walks that are just on your doorstep! In between juggling my toddler, I've managed to read lots of great new books and I hope you've been reading lots too! Maybe keep a record of what you've read somewhere or start a book club (like I have) with friends or neighbours - but do it virtually for now! I hope you've also enjoyed the fabulous weather we've had - an added bonus in this situation!
I miss you lots and the fab lessons we used to have together and hope I'll get the chance to see you again soon at some point - even if it's just waving as you by on your way to your new Upper School next academic year 🙂
Hello C8, you lovely lot!
I miss you and hope that you, and your families, are keeping safe and well. It’s so important that you follow the government guidelines to stay safe by not meeting up with friends outside your own home or visiting other people’s houses.
I hope you all enjoyed a restful Easter break - have you finished your eggs yet? I am relieved to get back into a routine. I’ve been writing a list of what I want to achieve each day, as it gives me a sense of purpose and achievement to tick it off - I recommend it! Do you remember my suggestion to keep a diary? These are historic times and it would be interesting for you and your future families to look back and see what lockdown was like for you! Something else I recommend is to keep a gratitude diary - everyday I write down something I’m thankful for: having a phone chat with a friend I’ve missed; the sun shining; ticking a big task off my To-do list. It just helps remind me of all the good things happening around me - try it!
Talking of good things, I’ve loved clapping for the NHS on Thursday nights - have you been out with a saucepan to make a racket? Have you made a rainbow or poster for your window - come on, you arty folks, you know who you are! Have you put a teddy in your window so little children can do a ‘Bear Hunt’ as they take their daily walk past your house? What about Captain Tom - isn’t he incredible? He’s raised £28 million walking round his garden and is still going strong! I hope you’re all keeping fit and managing to get out for a walk or bike ride when you can.
It’s been lovely to spend time as a family, although it’s taken time to adapt to our new routine. I’ve had fun doing lots of on-line Pilates classes - my dog, Tilly, has tried to join in too (see the pics). I’ve been walking Tilly, spending time in the garden, reading lots of fabulous books and even squeezed in a Harry Potter marathon with my daughter - 5 films in one day! We’re saving the last three to watch all together on a rainy day! I’ve been shopping for my parents and making sure they’re safe at home.
Aside from all this, your teachers and I are getting prepared and hoping we get the chance to return to school, whilst you’re still in Year 8. We’ve been working on activities for you to do - see the LMS website. I do miss our English lessons: you could finish reading Noughts and Crosses or Boy. You could finish reading (or watch) Animal Farm. Don’t worry about falling behind or getting ahead - right now you’re exactly where you need to be.
We’ll catch up soon, until then be as fabulous as you always are - stay safe, stay well, stay home!
Dear Linden 8,
I hope you and your loved ones are well and that you guys are managing to keep yourselves busy! I’m sure you are all starting to get used to our “new normal” in these strange times; washing your hands frequently, social distancing and Thursday evening’s spent clapping for our NHS staff and Key-workers are now all part of our routine!
I don’t know about you guys, but I have found it very strange not going into school and have been really missing the many different conversations I’d have with staff and pupils! Social media and technology have been so important to me, helping me to keep in touch with friends and family and even allowing the odd Zoom quiz win! I hope you are making good use of technology to keep in touch with your families, friends and L8 classmates too; it’s so important to our wellbeing to stay connected!
Your teachers at LMS are working behind the scenes, keeping the website updated with subject work, which I’m sure you have been accessing to help keep your minds busy! Also there have been some great Star Challenges produced and uploaded to the school Facebook page for you to have a go at!
When not planning Science work, I’ve been busy helping to homeschool my 4 year old - so lots of singing phonics songs and counting! We have also found time to get a bit messy: baking some yummy chocolate chip banana muffins, making our own bird feeders and planting a vegetable garden! It’s a nice idea to try something new while we have a bit more time on our hands - I’ve got back into yoga and I’m also trying to teach myself to French plait (whe n the 4 year old stays still!) - that one needs a bit more work!. There are loads of ideas for new skills you could pick upin lockdown – why not have a look at some online tutorials to teach yourself a new language, learn sign language or maybe learn a magic trick?
I know Mrs Wimshurst has been busy with homeschooling her 4 and 6 year olds too but has still found the time in the holidays to do a bit of decorating! She has also been enjoying walks in the bluebell woods and training her dog to jump some obstacles.
We are missing you and hope we will get to see you all again soon. Stay safe and keep washing those hands!
Mrs Grace and Mrs Wimshurst.
Hi Maple 8,
How are you all? Hope you’re all keeping well and staying safe. Hope you’re all finding lots to keep you busy and learning some new skills too. Madame Perez Rae & I have been keeping busy too, here’s what Madame Perez Rae has been up to...
I have been getting up VERY early everyday to go walking at a fast pace in the forest. My cats Yiska and Yumi have kept me busy in the garden, stopping them from climbing the trees and getting stuck at the very top or chasing birds..
As for myself, I have been getting up early too to do a workout or yoga before my children get up and disturb me! I am very busy home schooling the three of them... funny how 30 of you are easier than one 4 year old doing numeracy!! Nevertheless, we are having fun & enjoying the sunshine and our daily walk. We did lots of Easter baking & enjoyed an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. I’ve also been to a few zoom quizzes with my friends which has tested me! I’ve tried my hand at ‘draw with rob’ have any of you tried his drawings? They’re really good fun and on YouTube if you’d like to try.
Hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break and you’ve enjoyed some Easter chocolate.
We miss you all and hope to see you all again soon. Stay safe
Lots of love
Madame Perez-Rae & Madame Jeeves
Hi Willow 8,
I hope you are all keeping well in these unprecedented times! It’s very strange not being in school and seeing your wonderful faces every morning but we have to make sure we stick to the guidelines and stay at home to make sure everyone is kept safe!
I have been keeping busy by running and doing lots of home workouts! It’s so important to stay active and not spend your entire days on the sofa watching Netflix as I know how tempting this can be! I’ve read two books already and even joined tik tok to pass the time!! I challenge you all to the plank challenge on there!
I can’t wait to get back to school whenever that may be and catch up with you all properly! Remember what I always tell you... if you don’t have anything nice to say, then please don’t say anything at all! We must be kind to one another and stay positive during these times!
Look after yourselves and your family and I promise to see you all soon!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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